Singapore-Malaysia Leaders’ Retreat

Capping off day of discussions with durian diplomacy

Above: PM Lee and Mrs Lee with Mr Najib and his wife Rosmah Mansor at Seri Perdana, where they had dinner yesterday.
Above: PM Lee and Mrs Lee with Mr Najib and his wife Rosmah Mansor at Seri Perdana, where they had dinner yesterday. PHOTOS: PM NAJIB/TWITTER, MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION
Mr Najib later posted this photo on Twitter with the caption: ''PM Hsien Loong enjoying our delicious Malaysian durian!''
Mr Najib later posted this photo on Twitter with the caption: ''PM Hsien Loong enjoying our delicious Malaysian durian!'' PHOTOS: PM NAJIB/TWITTER, MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor yesterday hosted a dinner for Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Mrs Lee at Datuk Seri Najib's official residence, Seri Perdana.

Joining them were Malaysian ministers and ministers from Singapore who had travelled to Putrajaya for the annual Leaders' Retreat.

Earlier in the day, Mr Najib and PM Lee had a four-eye meeting, followed by a delegation meeting and the signing of the bilateral agreement on the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail (HSR).

The leaders then held a joint press conference, where Mr Najib said the project would open a new landscape in bilateral relations.

PM Lee said that when it comes to fruition, "there will be more exchanges between our people and deeper ties between the two countries".

Both sides capped off the day with what Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan dubbed "durian diplomacy". He said on Facebook: "The HSR will transform the way our people interact, socialise and do business. It will give both countries a greater stake in our mutual success."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 14, 2016, with the headline 'Capping off day of discussions with durian diplomacy'. Print Edition | Subscribe