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Obama win augurs well for US-Muslim ties, says M'sia PM

Publication Date : 08-11-2012


Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak hopes that United States President Barack Obama will continue with efforts to foster understanding and respect between his country and Muslims around the world.

Congratulating Obama for winning his second White House term, Najib said the President had a unique opportunity to realise his vision for US.

“As a moderate Muslim nation, Malaysia stands ready to help the US as it seeks to better engage with those of the Islamic faith,” he said.

Najib said he had met Obama several times, during which both had vowed to develop the growing partnership between the two countries.

“This relationship has strengthened and it will continue to be so in the future so we can maintain regional peace and security as well as prosperity for our people,” he said.

Malaysia, said Najib, could play a role by being a strong economic partner to the US as well as in areas of peace and security in this region.

“We have played our part in securing Straits of Malacca for international shipping. This, coupled with the outcome of the recent Moro Islamic Liberation Front peace agreement which we helped to facilitate, has given fresh testimony to Malaysia's role,” he said.

Najib said Malaysia hoped that during Obama's second term, there would be successful conclusion to the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiation that would open up a new era of booming trade and investment.


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