Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed receives Malaysian king in Abu Dhabi

Sultan Abdullah visits the UAE for first time since being crowned

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and King of Malaysia have met to discuss ways to boost bilateral trade between the two countries.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE’s Armed Forces, received Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah in Abu Dhabi.

The Malaysian king was given an official reception ceremony at Qasr Al Watan in the capital, which included a 21-gun salute.

It is the first time he has visited the Emirates since being crowned Malaysia's 16th king in January - following the sudden abdication of Sultan Muhammad V.

At a meeting on Thursday, the two men discussed ways of improving co-operation between their respective countries.

Talks included investment and development opportunities as well as broader regional issues.

"I am delighted and honoured to welcome my dear brother and friend Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah, King of Malaysia, to his second home, the UAE," Sheikh Mohamed said on Twitter.

"We are working together to increase cooperation and establish a model partnership."

Sultan Abdullah signed a visitor's book at Qasr Al Watan saying: "I pray to Allah Almighty to bless my dear brother, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and his family, and grant them good health and prosperity.”

Sheikh Mohamed also held a lunch banquet in honour of the Malaysian king and his delegation.

The visit came a day after the UAE prince returned to the country following a two-day trip to Germany.