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Najib hails Modi as a bold reformist

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 14: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has described his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi as a bold reformist, wishes him success in his endeavours.

“May I congratulate you for being a bold reformist, for doing things a lesser mortal would not have attempted

“If you are courageous enough to do the reforms you will reap the rewards in due course,” he said at the Asian Business Leaders Conclave here today.

Earlier, Modi said that Najib has steered Malaysia well on to the path of attaining its aspiration to become a developed nation.

He noted that Malaysia, under Najib’s stewardship, had shown resilience in coping with the global economic challenges.

“Under the leadership of Prime Minister Najib, Malaysia is moving towards its goal of achieving developed nation status by 2020,” he said when addressing the Asian Business Leaders Conclave via video conferencing today.

Najib attended the conclave at a leading here today.

Modi also hailed long-standing ties between New Delhi and Kuala Lumpur that had been beneficial for both sides.

“The close relations with Malaysia are integral to the success of our Act East Policy,” he said, alluding to the move of making India’s relations with its East Asian neighbours a foreign policy priority.

The Indian leader also spoke about the Torana Gate in ‘Little India’, Brickfields here as a symbol of friendship between the two countries.

Modi told the gathering that the ‘timeless ties’ between both countries were also reinforced by the presence of a large Malaysian Indian community.

The two-day inaugural conclave is a platform for the biggest leaders of Asia, along with bureaucrats, to converge and facilitate conversations on Asia as a business hub and the role of rising business leaders.

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