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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman inspects an honour guard at the Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia February 26, 2017. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Riyadh – Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz embarked on a 31-day Asian trip that will take him to six countries.

In line with the Custodian’s willingness to promote and consolidate the Kingdom relations, in all fields, with sisterly as well as friendly countries and in response to invitations received by the King, the Saudi Monarch left in a tour that to include Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei Dar Al-Salam, Japan, China, Maldives and Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, reported Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The King is set to meet officials in these countries, run talks covering bilateral, regional as well as international issues of common interest.

Sunday morning, Malaysia welcomed the Custodian where the king will build ties and seek to draw more investments to the kingdom. The visit is the first by a Saudi king to Malaysia in more than a decade.

Malaysian state television on Sunday showed live footage of King Salman descending from his plane. He was received by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak before leaving in a convoy for a state ceremony at Malaysia’s parliament grounds.

The leader was greeted in parliament with a 21-gun salute.

The two countries will sign several agreements and memorandum of understanding to strengthen ties and boost cooperation

Prior to his departure, King Salman issued an order deputizing the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz to steer the state’s affairs.

The order, also, instructs the Crown Prince to look after people’s interests, all through the royal absence.

Last concluding leg of the tour will be taking part in the Arab summit on its 28th ordinary session hosted by Jordan.

At the royal terminal of King Khalid international airport, King Salman was seen off by Prince Abdul-Elah bin Abdulaziz, Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques; Prince Muqren bin Abdulaziz; Prince Faisal bin Abdulaziz bin Faisal; Prince Fahd bin Abdullah bin Mohammed; Prince Saad bin Abdullah bin Turki; Prince Saud al-Abdullah al-Faisal; Prince Saud bin Saad bin Abdulaziz; Prince Saud bin Abdullah bin Abdurrahman; Prince Badr bin Fahd in Saad; Prince Abdulrahman bin Saud al-Kabeer; Prince Mansour bin Miteb bin Abdulaziz, minister of state, member of the Cabinet and Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques; Prince Faisal bin Khalid, Governor of Assir Region; Prince Saud bin Abdullah bin Thunayan, President of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu; Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf, Saudi ambassador to the United Kingdom; Prince Turki bin Fahd bin Juluwe; Prince Faisal bin Saud bin Mohammed; Prince Saud bin Salman bin Mohammed; Prince Turki bin Saud bin Mohammed, President of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology; Prince Khalid bin Turki; Prince Abdulaziz bin Mohammed bin Ayyaf; Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Mohammed; Prince Fawaz bin Abdullah; Prince Ahmed bin Abdullah; Governor of al-Dareya Province; Prince Khalid bin Saud bin Khalid, Consultant at the Royal Court; Prince Badr bin Saud bin Mohammed, Consultant at the Royal Court; Prince Mohammed bin Saud bin Khalid; Prince Faisal bin Turki bin Abdulaziz, Consultant at the ministry of energy, industry and mineral resources; Prince Abdulrahman bin Abdullah bin Faisal, Governor of al-Majmamaa Province; Prince Khalid bin Abdulaziz bin Ayyaf, undersecretary of the ministry of the national guard for group guidance affairs; Prince Bandar bin Abdulaziz bin Ayyaf; Prince Mansour bin Thunayan bin Mohammed; Prince Mamdouh bin Abdulrahman bin Saud; Prince Abdulrahman bin Musaed bin Abdulaziz; Prince Fahd bin Saad bin Turki; Prince Mohammed bin Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz; and a number of princes, Ulema and senior civil and military officials.

At the royal plane’s gate, the Monarch was also seen off by Prince Faisal bin Bandar, Governor of Riyadh Region; Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior; and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense.

A top level delegation is accompanying the King, including Prince Khalid bin Fahd bin Mohammed; Prince Mansour bin Saud; Prince Mohammed bin Fahd; Prince Talal bin Saud; Prince Khalid bin Bandar, Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques; Prince Sattam bin Saud; Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Sultan, Consultant at the Royal Court; Prince Mansour bin Muqren, Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques; Prince Mohammed bin Abdurrahman, Consultant at the Royal Court; Prince Ahmed bin Fahd bin Salman; Prince Abdulrahman bin Badr; Prince Saud bin Salman; Prince Naif bin Salman and Prince Rakan bin Salman.

The monarch was also accompanied by Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance Sheikh Saleh Al-Sheikh, Minister of the State and Member of the Cabinet Ibrahim al-Assaf, Minister of Culture and Information Adel bin Zaid al-Toraifi, Minister of Labor and Social Development Ali al-Ghifaidh, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Nazar bin Obaid Madani and other senior protocol officials.