Hisham denies Putrajaya engaged him to mend fences with Saudi Arabia

Modified 6 Oct 2018, 12:30 pm

Former defence minister Hishammuddin Hussein has denied a news portal's report that Putrajaya approached him to mend ties with Saudi Arabia.

"No. That report is not accurate. As far as I know, ties between the prime minister (Dr Mahathir Mohamad), Putrajaya and all Middle-Eastern countries including Saudi Arabia are good," he was quoted as saying by Bernama.

The Malaysian Insight this morning cited sources as saying Hishammuddin was roped in by Putrajaya to deal with Saudi Arabia who apparently is not happy with the Pakatan Harapan government.

This was allegedly over the cancellation of plans to set up the King Salman Centre for International Peace (KSCIP) and the withdrawal of Malaysian troops from the Saudi-led mission to Yemen.

Wisma Putra has also denied engaging Hishammuddin.

Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah said his recent meetings with both Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir and ambassador Mahmoud Hussein Al-Qattan had garnered positive bilateral outcomes.

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