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Malaysia's Anwar tightens Singapore ties in ASEAN travel rush

New PM focuses on economic cooperation on third visit to a neighbor in a month

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, right, hosts his Malaysian counterpart Anwar Ibrahim on Jan. 30.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim on Monday met Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong in his first official visit to the city-state as leader, sealing a trio of deals and cementing relations with a key neighbor.

After taking office last November, following a tumultuous election, Anwar has kicked off 2023 with a string of trips to fellow members of the Associations of Southeast Asian Nations. In the span of a month he has also visited Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in Jakarta and gone to Brunei to see Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah.

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