US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her congressional delegation arrived in Malaysia on Tuesday (Aug 2) as part of the second-leg of their Indo-Pacific tour.
A special aircraft carrying Pelosi and her entourage touched down at the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) base in Subang at 10.33am, amid tight security.
Upon arrival, Pelosi and her delegation were greeted by the Speaker of the Lower House of Parliament, Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon.
The US Ambassador to Malaysia Brian D. McFeeters was also present.
Pelosi and her delegation later paid a courtesy call to Parliament speaker Azhar Azizan Harun at the Parliament building.
She also had a luncheon meeting with Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob at a leading hotel in Kuala Lumpur.
This is Pelosi’s first visit to Malaysia.
Kuala Lumpur is Pelosi’s second stop after Singapore where she and her delegation called on President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday.
Pelosi is also scheduled to visit South Korea and Japan but her tour is closely watched if she will go to Taiwan as well.
The media has been reporting that she was set to visit Taiwan later on Tuesday as China warned that its military would never “sit idly by” if she were to visit the self-ruled island claimed by Beijing.
Pelosi was scheduled to arrive on Tuesday night and visit Taiwan’s Parliament on Wednesday morning,
She is scheduled to meet Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday in Taipei.
SOURCE: NEWS AGENCIES