Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Abdulaziz Al-Saud is expected to be awarded an honorary doctorate of Philosophy in Political Science by the International Islamic University of Malaysia.
The Saudi king is in Malaysia for a four-day state visit. He arrived at Seri Perdana at 2.30pm, and was greeted upon arrival by the Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib.
The two sides held talks on various issues including the bilateral ties and improvements in cooperation in different areas.
Salman will travel to the country’s oldest post-secondary education center to receive another honorary doctorate from University Malaya.
The last time a Saudi king traveled to Malaysia was in 2006 when the late King Abdullah Abdulaziz Al-Saud visited the Asian country. The late King Faisal Abdulaziz Al-Saud also made a visit to Malaysia in 1970.
During his Asia tour, Salman will visit Indonesia, Brunei, Japan, China and the Maldives. He will also pay a visit to Saudi Arabia’s neighbor Jordan before returning home.
Malaysia sees Saudi Arabia as its second largest trading partner in the Middle East, with nearly 60% of its total exports to Saudi Arabia comprising palm oil and palm-based products. During Salman’s visit four important memoranda of understanding will be signed between the two sides.
The news comes during Saudi Arabia's deadly airstrikes against Yemen which was launched since Marchi 2015 in a bid to reinstall the former Yemeni president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who is a close Riyadh ally.
The airstrikes have claimed the lives of 10,000 Yemenis and left 40,000 others wounded.