DAVOS, Jan 24 – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has cut short his working visit to the World Economic Forum here to attend funeral of Saudi Arabia monarch, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz who passed away early today. Najib is scheduled for a packed day at the WEF today, including having a bilateral meeting with US Secretary of State, John Kerry later in the afternoon.
An official here said Najib will leave for Zurich within the hour and is scheduled to depart for Riyadh around noon. The Prime Minister’s three-day working visit to the UK beginning January 24 is however still on.
Najib said he made an immediate decision to cancel his remaining engagements here at the World Economic Forum to attend funeral of the late Saudi Arabian monarch as the Saudi leader had been instrumental in building the currently strong bilateral ties between the two nations.
Speaking to newsmen before leaving for Riyadh this morning, Najib said he wanted to convey his personal condolences and on behalf of the Yang Dipertuan Agong, Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah and Malaysians.
“Bilateral ties between Saudi Arabia and Malaysia have expanded rapidly during King Abdullah’s reign. We also saw rapid development in Saudi Arabia and the better facilities accorded by the state to our pilgrims are always appreciated,” Najib said. Najib said as a far-sighted ruler, King Abdullah’s demise is a big loss to the Saudi Arabian people.