PM wants more efforts to address issues affecting Muslim world
Posted on January 17, 2010, Sunday
JEDDAH: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Malaysia and Saudi Arabia should step up efforts to address outstanding problems facing the Muslim world.
The Malaysian prime minister said relations between the two countries should go beyond the economic sphere.
“Saudi Arabia is a very important country for us in terms of forging further cooperation to promote the cause of Muslims,” he said.
The prime minister said this when addressing a gathering organised by the Malaysia Business Council here Friday night in conjunction with his four-day official visit to Saudi Arabia.
Najib will have an audience with King Abdullah Abdulaziz Al-Saud in Riyadh later.
“I’d like to discuss with His Majesty not only how best to enhance economic ties between the two countries but also the need for us to work more closely together to help resolve issues affecting the Muslim community,” he said.
Such issues, he said, would include those involving Muslims in conflict-prone areas.
The prime minister also touched on the need to tackle the distorted image of Islam and Muslims.
“There’s a lot of negativity being thrown in the direction of Muslims in many parts of the world,” Najib said. — Bernama