New Zealand's governor general pays visit to Malaysia

Governor-General of New Zealand, Dame Patsy Reddy, right, stands next to Malaysia's King Muhammad V before inspects a honor guard during a welcome cer

Governor-General of New Zealand, Dame Patsy Reddy, left, stands next to Malaysia's King Muhammad V before inspects a honor guard during a welcome cere

New Zealand's Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy, second left, inspects an honor guard during a welcome ceremony at parliament house in Kuala Lumpur, M

New Zealand's Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy, second left, bows to honor guard during a welcome ceremony at parliament house in Kuala Lumpur, Malay

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia rolled out the red carpet Wednesday for New Zealand's governor general, who is marking 60 years of diplomatic ties between the countries.

Patsy Reddy's visit is the first to Malaysia by a New Zealand governor general since Silvia Cartwright's trip in 2004. The governor general acts as Queen Elizabeth II's representative in New Zealand and is a largely ceremonial position.

Reddy, who arrived in Kuala Lumpur late Tuesday for a four-day visit, was given a 21-gun salute at a state welcoming ceremony in Parliament attended by Malaysia's king, Prime Minister Najib Razak and Cabinet ministers.

Reddy will be feted at a state banquet with the king, visit the Islamic Art Museum and tour the historic city of Malacca before leaving on Friday.