We hope we can contribute to the friendship between Malaysia and Indonesia.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad visited Indonesia at the invitation of the National Democrat (NasDem) Party to deliver a general lecture at the party's national working meeting on Friday.

"This time Mahathir Mohamad is paying a friendship visit to meet the NasDem Party's invitation," Chairperson of the NasDem Party Surya Paloh told the press at the NasDem Central Executive Board Office or NasDem Tower in Jakarta on Friday.

Mahathir was invited to deliver a general lecture at the NasDem's national working meeting. "This is a very valuable momentum for NasDem to boost our spirit and motivation," he added.

Mahathir is a national figure who always inspires all people, he said.

NasDem is highly grateful to Mahathir for his readiness in accepting the invitation and to take a chance to visit NasDem Tower despite being 96 years old, he added.

"With his present condition of that age, let us pay our excellent respect to him," he remarked.

Paloh, who has personally been friends with Mahathir for 40 years now, expressed his gratitude for the friendly visit.

Meanwhile, Mahathir thanked God and said he was happy that he could meet with his old friend, Paloh, and see the current progress in Indonesia for himself.

Mahathir said he was also pleased to see the progress made by NasDem Party under Paloh’s leadership.

The former Malaysian premier said his meeting with Paloh at NasDem Tower was to discuss conditions in Indonesia and Malaysia as well as recall the early days of their acquaintance.

He expressed the hope that his friendship with Paloh would also enhance friendly ties between the two neighboring countries.

"We hope we can contribute to the friendship between Malaysia and Indonesia," he remarked.

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Translator: Tri Meilani A, Suharto
Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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