The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah AlMusta’in Billah, has agreed to host the state visit of the Governor General of New Zealand, Dame Cindy Kiro, from October 1 to 4, 2023.
This is the first visit to Malaysia and the Southeast Asia region, after assuming office as Governor General of New Zealand on October 21, 2021. The Governor General’s last state visit was made by Dame Patsy Reddy from October 5 to December 8, 2017. The Governor General will be accompanied by her spouse, Dr Richard Davies, and senior officials from New Zealand Government House.
Working visit of the Malaysian Foreign Minister to the United Kingdom
Highlights of the visit include a state welcome ceremony at Istana Negara, an audience with Seri Paduka Baginda, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, and a state banquet in honor of Dame Cindy Kiro. Malaysian Prime Minister YAB Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim is also scheduled to visit the Governor General.
This is her first visit to Malaysia and the Southeast Asia region after assuming the position of Governor General of New Zealand.
This visit underlines the importance of existing bilateral ties and multifaceted cooperation, which were officially elevated to a Strategic Partnership in May 2023.
New Zealand remains Malaysia’s second largest trading partner in the Pacific region. Total trade from January to June 2023 was valued at RM6.32 billion (US$1.42 billion), an increase of 15.3% compared to RM5.48 billion (US$1.27 billion) in the same period in 2022.