KUALA LUMPUR, (PIC)– Khaled Mishaal, the political bureau chairman of Hamas, arrived in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur on Sunday to attend the general conference of the ruling party “UMNO”.
A senior source in Hamas told the PIC that Mishaal, who is heading a delegation comprising political bureau members Mohammed Nasr and Sami Khater along with Osama Hamdan, the head of the movement’s foreign relations department, is scheduled to meet Malaysian premier Dato Seri Najib Razak.
He added that Mishaal is also scheduled to confer with UMNO secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and a number of other political leaders in the country.
The sources pointed out that Mishaal would deliver a speech at the international forum hosted by the ruling party before the inaugural session of its general annual conference.
He is also expected to deliver another speech at the International Islamic University in Malaysia, which groups students from 100 nationalities including Palestinians.
This is the first official visit for the Hamas supreme leader to Malaysia in an indication to the growing relations between both parties.
The Malaysian premier had visited Gaza Strip in January this year to break the siege on Gaza.