Boris ends tour with world lecture
Boris Johnson is preparing to give a major international lecture in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to close a high profile six-day tour of the Far East.
The London mayor will follow in the footsteps of former United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan, ex-Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh and former Irish president Mary Robinson in delivering the Khazanah Global Lecture.
The substantial speech will be the final act of a tour which has seen Mr Johnson meet world leaders including Indonesian president Joko Widodo, Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak and Singaporean prime minister Lee Hsien Loong.
The senior Tory has been working alongside a UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) mission promoting British companies and his efforts have led to "tremendous business" being doing, according to Air Asia boss Tony Fernandes.
Mr Johnson's tour comes less than six months before he bids to return to the House of Commons and national politics at May's general election.
The mayor has repeatedly faced questions about his future ambitions but has insisted being Mayor of London is challenge enough.
In remarks to a series of engagement, Mr Johnson has stressed the importance of close links between Britain and the Far East, pressing his arguments for a new hub airport east of London in the Thames Estuary.
In other events scheduled today, Mr Johnson will attend a photocall at the Petronas Tower Sky Bridge landmark.