Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam arrived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Monday (28 January) for a four-day official visit.
Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam arrived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Monday (28 January) for a four-day official visit. The visit marks the first leg of a tour which will take him to six Southeast Asian countries.
Mr. Whitlam, accompanied by his wife and daughter, was welcomed at the airport by Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak and other government officials.
During his visit, Prime Minister Whitlam will hold wide - ranging talks with his Malaysian counterpart. One issue which both government leaders are expected to discuss in detail is Malaysia's concept of the neutralisation of Southeast Asia and the phasing out of foreign bases in the region.
On bilateral issues, Malaysia is expected to press for a renegotiation of the existing 15-year old agreement with Australia in order to even out the trade balance which surrently is heavily in Australia's favour.
Sinco Mr. Whitlam became Prime Minister just over a year ago, he had progressively strengthened Australia's tics with Asia. His 14-day Asian tour is expected to result in closer economic and political relations between Australia and Southeast Asia.
Mr. Whitlam leaves on Thursday (31 January) to continue his tour to Thailand, Laos, Burma, Singapore and the Philippines.