Malaysian PM Mahathir arrives in PH

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Posted at Mar 06 2019 07:58 PM

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Mahathir Mohamad seen here when he was sworn in as Malaysia's seventh prime minister in May 2018. Lai Seng Sin, Reuters/File

MANILA - Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad arrived in the Philippines Wednesday night for an official visit. 

The Prime Minister's plane arrived at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City around 7:40 p.m.

Mahathir, 93, is set to meet with President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañang on Thursday to discuss "cooperation in the political, economic, and people-to-people spheres," the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) earlier said.

In his previous stint as prime minister, Mahathir undertook official visits to the Philippines in 1987 and 1994, according to the DFA.

Mahathir was known for his strongarm, sometimes pugnacious style of rule intolerant of dissent from 1981 to 2003, but also for transforming his Southeast Asian country from a sleepy backwater into a modern industrialized nation. 

Currently the world's oldest leader, Mahathir returned to power in May 2018 in a stunning comeback, defeating Malaysia's long-ruling coalition.

-- With Reuters