President Marcos and FL Liza Araneta-Marcos arrive in Malaysia (Manila Bulletin photo courtesy) 

MANILA — President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. had safely arrived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The chief executive is embarking on a three-day state visit upon the invitation of the King of Malaysia, His Majesty Al-Sultan Abdullah. 

This visit is seen as a reciprocal gesture, following the visit of Malaysia’s Prime Minister Dato’ Seri (Anwar) Ibrahim to Manila in March 2023.

President Marcos expressed his belief that this is an opportune time to strengthen the relationship between the Philippines and Malaysia. 

He hopes that this state visit will nurture the foundations of a revitalized and stronger cooperation between the two nations, particularly as they approach the celebration of 60 years of formal diplomatic relations in 2024.

The President’s itinerary includes a meeting with the Filipino community in Malaysia, among other scheduled activities. 

During his absence from the Philippines, he has designated Vice President Sara Duterte as the caretaker to handle state affairs on his behalf. (ai/mnm)