KUALA LUMPUR: Indonesian President Joko Widodo has congratulated Mahathir Mohamad on the latter’s appointment as the prime minister of Malaysia.
In a message uploaded on his Facebook account, the Indonesian leader also congratulated Pakatan Harapan (PH) for its victory in the 14th general election on May 9.
"We (Mahathir and I) spoke on the phone yesterday after he was sworn in at Istana Negara,” said President Joko, or Jokowi as he is popularly known.
Jokowi said he was happy to note that the GE14 democratic process was carried out in a “smooth and safe” manner.
He added that he hoped that relations between the two nations would grow further under Mahathir’s leadership, and that the 92 year old would continue to enjoy good health for him to carry out his duties with the trust given to him by the Malaysian people.
CONGRATULATIONS FROM CHINA
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang also congratulated Mahathir on assuming office as Malaysian prime minister, according to a Xinhua report.
In a congratulatory message, Li said Mahathir has made contributions to the development of Malaysia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, China-Malaysia relations as well as cooperation in East Asia.
Li said China pays great attention to its relations with Malaysia.
The two countries are neighbours with a traditional friendship and the development of bilateral relations has maintained a good momentum.
Li said he is willing to work with Mahathir to promote the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership to better benefit both countries and their people.
MANILA, HANOI CONGRATULATE MAHATHIR
Separately, the Philippines' presidential palace on Friday also congratulated Mahathir on his return as prime minister of Malaysia, the Philippines News Agency (PNA) reported.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said his election is expected to deepen the relations between the Philippines and Malaysia.
“Prime Minister Dr Mahathir is an old friend of the Philippines and his fresh mandate augurs well for the deep relations between the Philippines and Malaysia,” Roque said in a press statement.
He said Malaysia is a "brother nation" and dependable partner of the Philippines “for having played a constructive role towards the attainment of peace and stability in Mindanao".
“We are thus confident that the strong partnership between our two countries would continue to be enhanced in the years to come,” Roque said.
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has also sent a message of congratulations to Mahathir, according to the Vietnam News Agency.