Saudi Crown Prince Congrats Malaysian Astronauts

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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 27 (Bernama) — The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, has congratulated Malaysia’s first two astronauts. He conveyed his congratulations to Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor and Kapt Dr Faiz Khaleed through Malaysian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Datuk Dr Ismail Ibrahim. On behalf of the Saudis, the prince also extended his congratulations to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his predecessor, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, on this proud and historical occasion for Muslims worldwide, the envoy said in a statement today. Ismail said Malaysia’s success in sending the astronauts to space would add more pride in the eyes of Saudi citizens who considered Malaysia as a modern and dynamic Islamic country.

Dr Sheikh Muszaphar, 35, and Dr Faiz, 27, chosen from 11,275 candidates, passed the final assessment with distinction and were qualified to represent Malaysia for the mission. Dr Sheikh Muszaphar, a doctor with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Hospital in Cheras, has been selected to join the first crew for the Soyuz 15-S mission along with Russian Yuri Malechenko and Peggy Whitson of the United States.

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