Najib-Trump Pow-Wow on Sep 12

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has accepted an invitation by US President Donald Trump to visit the White House for talks in September.

Wisma Putra said in a statement that Najib will be going on a working trip to Washington DC at the invitation of Trump on Sep 12.

“Malaysia and United States of America looks forward to celebrating the 60th anniversary of bilateral ties, which have been enhanced under the Prime Minister’s leadership to a comprehensive partnership based on shared interests.

“The two leaders are expected to discuss areas of mutually beneficial cooperation, including national security, the global fight against terrorism and extremism, and trade and investment that will benefit our nations and our peoples,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The White House in a statement said: “President Trump looks forward to celebrating the 60th anniversary of United States-Malaysia bilateral relations and discussing ways to strengthen and broaden our bilateral relationship and expand regional cooperation with one of America’s closest partners in Southeast Asia.”

 

Najib’s father Tun Razak Hussein helped establish bilateral ties with the US during his tenure as Malaysia’s second prime minister. He was the country’s first premier to receive a visit from a sitting US president, Lyndon B Johnson, in October 1966.

Trump is the second sitting US president to meet with Najib, after Barack Obama who came to Kuala Lumpur in November 2015.

On the prime minister’s invitation to Washington, former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Trump can give his endorsement to Najib in the 14th General Election.