18 Jun '11, 9pm

Malaysian opens forum to push African ties

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's biennial convention to promote economic collaboration with Africa will begin Sunday with the attendance of controversial Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe. Dubbed the Langkawi International Dialogue and a brainchild of ex-premier Mahathir Mohamad, the forum aims to stimulate economic collaboration between Malaysia and a continent beset by conflicts, coups and political turmoil. The 87-year-old Mugabe, who is banned from travelling to the European Union over his regime's human rights record, arrived in Malaysia on Saturday and will be among leaders from 20 countries expected to attend the four-day event in Putrajaya, south of the capital Kuala Lumpur. Around 500 delegates from countries including Lesotho, Gambia, South Africa, Uganda, Kenya and Namibia will be welcomed by Prime Minister Najib Razak when he kicks off proceedings at the 14th forum, ...

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