ABU DHABI (Sept 29): Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob departed for home on Thursday (Sept 29), after concluding his working visits to New York and Abu Dhabi.
The plane carrying the prime minister and his delegation left the Abu Dhabi International Airport at 11.30am (3.30pm Malaysian time).
Minister of State and Minister-In-Attendance Ahmad Ali Al Sayegh saw the prime minister off at the airport.
Ismail Sabri arrived at the capital on Monday (Sept 26) from New York, where he had attended the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) last week.
At the UNGA, which was attended by more than 150 world leaders, the prime minister delivered Malaysia’s national statement in Bahasa Melayu — the first time by a Malaysian leader addressing the assembly.
In the statement, he touched on various international issues, including the conflict in Ukraine and the issues of Myanmar and Palestine, as well as food security and climate change.
Ismail Sabri also proposed the establishment of an international monetary cooperation mechanism amid rising global inflation.
This was the second time Ismail Sabri had addressed the UNGA. Last year, he addressed the session virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
On the sidelines of the UNGA, Ismail Sabri met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte, and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
He also hosted a Keluarga Malaysia (Malaysian Family) dinner for the Malaysian diaspora in the United States.
Meanwhile, during his four-day stay in Abu Dhabi, the prime minister had an audience with United Arab Emirate (UAE) President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Ismail Sabri took the opportunity to invite the UAE to participate in the Bandar Malaysia development project in Kuala Lumpur and to make reverse investments to support the Food Security Policy of both countries and help the UAE become a food hub in the Middle East, as Malaysia has vast and suitable land for foreign investors to invest in agriculture.
The prime minister also visited the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Wahat Al-Karama, a memorial to honour UAE’s fallen heroes.
For the record, the trade value between the two countries increased 90.4% for the first eight months of this year to RM25.6 billion, exceeding the total value of 2021, which stood at RM22.29 billion.