Agong hopes just-concluded UK election will lead to stronger ties

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on Thursday. (Bernama pic)

LONDON: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah hopes that ties between Malaysia and the United Kingdom will continue to be enhanced after the conclusion of its general election on Thursday.

Sultan Abdullah, who is on a special visit to the UK until Monday, said the two countries have shared close ties for a long time.

“I hope that with the just-concluded election, cooperation between Malaysia and the UK will be enhanced,” he told Malaysian media here.

Boris Johnson retained his premiership after the Conservative Party which he leads won in the general election – its biggest since 1987.

Sultan Abdullah described his meeting and luncheon with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on Thursday as warm and friendly.

He said Queen Elizabeth had enquired about Malaysia’s current state of affairs.

“Malaysia is close to Her Majesty’s heart, and Her Majesty also recalled the time she attended the closing ceremony of the (Kuala Lumpur) 1998 Commonwealth Games.

“We spoke on other matters as well, also about horses as they are among her favourite subjects,” he said.

The King described his special visit as meaningful, especially after he had the opportunity to meet with the Malaysian diaspora at a dinner on Tuesday night.