Saudi Crown Prince postpones trip to Malaysia

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (AFP pic)

PETALING JAYA: Wisma Putra today confirmed the postponement of a visit by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Salman to Malaysia and Indonesia to a later date. He was supposed to arrive on Sunday.

Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah confirmed that he had spoken to the Saudi Arabian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al Jubeir.

A message, which has since gone viral, informed that the crown prince regretted that he had to postpone his visit to Malaysia and Indonesia to a later date. It urged all relevant parties and agencies to stand down accordingly.

The reason for the postponement is not known.

However, Pakistan media reported that Mohammed Salman will be in Pakistan on Sunday on a two-day visit. He was originally scheduled to visit Pakistan today but it has been postponed by a day. He is also scheduled to be in India from Feb 19 to 20.

It had earlier been reported that refineries and petrochemical-related investments in Malaysia were likely to dominate discussions during Mohammed Salman’s maiden visit to Malaysia.

The crown prince and Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad were scheduled to jointly inaugurate the Refinery & Petrochemical Complex of Pengerang Refining and Petrochemical (PRefChem) in Kuala Lumpur on Monday.

Bernama had reported that more investments would likely be made in the Petronas Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (Rapid) project in Pengerang, Johor.

In 2017, Saudi’s Aramco, which is the biggest energy company in the world, invested a significant US$7 billion (RM28.6 billion) in Rapid.

Saudi Arabia is Malaysia’s second largest trading partner from the Middle East.