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Former Malaysian leader met with Palau president during visit

By Bernadette H. Carreon

KOROR (Palau Horizon, July 7, 20009) - Palau and Malaysia are discussing the possibility of establishing diplomatic and trade ties between the two countries.

President Johnson Toribiong said that this is one of the issues discussed during the visit of former Malaysian Prime Minister His Excellency Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi who arrived in Palau with his delegation Wednesday for a three-day visit.

Toribiong said that among the issues discussed during the meeting were palm oil plantation, a Malaysian airline flying to Palau, tourism and hospitality, education, health banking and insurance.

Badawi and his delegation arrived in Palau via a Malaysian military jet.

Toribiong and Senate President Mlib Tmetuchl led the welcoming ceremony at the Palau International Airport with red carpet honors and color guards salute.

Badawi is accompanied by his wife Tun Jeanne Abdullah and, eight others and five crewmembers of the Malaysian Royal Air Force.

Badawi is a Malaysian politician who served as Prime Minister from 2003 to 2009. He was also the President of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), the largest political party in Malaysia, and led the governing Barisan Nasional parliamentary coalition.

Badawi and his delegation toured the Capitol, visited Peleliu State for the the Nautilus Project blessing, tour of Babeldaob, oil storage tanks in Aimeliik and potential agricultural sites as well as tour of the tuna industries and Palau Mariculture Demonstration Center.

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