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Najib, Obama hold bilateral talks

Publication Date : 27-04-2014


US President Barack Obama arrived at Seri Perdana here for a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Obama arrived at 10:35am on Sunday and was welcomed by Najib. The two leaders then posed for photographers.

Najib and Obama will have a four-eyed meeting before engaging in bilateral talks with the respective delegations and followed by a working luncheon.

A joint press conference will be held following the conclusion of the meetings.

Obama’s visit is a recognition of Malaysia’s growing role in the international stage as Kuala Lumpur is getting ready to take over the Asean chairmanship next year, and seeking a non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council.

Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said the US leader's maiden visit provided a timely opportunity for both sides to reflect on the progress in bilateral ties and chart a way for the future at a time when Kuala Lumpur-Washington relations were at a zenith.

Obama arrived in Malaysia on Saturday for the historic three-day visit and was accorded with an official welcoming ceremony at Parliament building in Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysia is the third leg of Obama's four-nation tour of Asia, and he will end his trip with a visit to the Philippines on Monday.

Obama's visit to Malaysia is the first by a sitting US President since President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966.


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