Vladivostok (Russia), Sep 5: Continuing his bilateral engagements on the sidelines of Eastern Economic Forum here, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday met his Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohammad.
"Meetings continue in Vladivostok. Prime Ministers Mr Mahathir Mohammad and Narendra Modi discuss ways to diversify India-Malaysia cooperation for the benefit of people in both countries," said a tweet from the Prime Minister's Office. Mr Modi's meeting with the Malaysian counterpart owes its own significance as in recent weeks authorities in Malaysia had given mixed signals on Islamic preacher Zakir Naik for his alleged communal speeches in that country. The controversial tele evangelist Naik is wanted in India in a money laundering case.
Earlier, Prime Minister met Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe and discussed a wide range of subjects. "Continuous engagement for concrete bilateral ties. Prime Ministers Shinzo Abe and Narendra Modi meet in Vladivostok. This meeting comes after leaders interacted at the G-20 Summit in Osaka and at G-7 in Biarritz," a tweet from PMO said.
Mr Modi will be first Indian Prime Minister to address the Eastern Economic Forum meet here later in the day. Prime Minister is in Russia as the chief guest of Russian President Vladimir Putin to address the fifth EEF. He and President Putin attended India-Russia annual Summit on Wednesday and both sides inked a number of pacts including one on defence co-production. UNI