Written by News 1st
27 Apr, 2014 | 6:08 pm
The United States will continue to aid in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, President Obama told Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.
He expressed his condolences to the families of the passengers.
President Barack Obama is the first American leader in decades to visit Malaysia, the Asian nation grappling with the mystery of a vanished jetliner.
Obama is scheduled to speak in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday after a meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, seven weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared with 239 people aboard.
He’s remained largely quiet over the issue amid an international underwater search focusing on the southern Indian Ocean.
At an elaborate dinner at Istana Negara palace, attended by some 600 guests, Paramount Ruler Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah offered a toast in English and personally thanked Obama for U.S. support in the aftermath of the plane’s disappearance.
A day before his arrival, he told a Malaysian newspaper, The Star, that the U.S. remains committed to the search.
“The United States was one of the first countries to join in the search for the missing plane,” he said.
“U.S. Navy ships, aircraft and personnel remain on the scene, assisting in the search. Our FBI is working closely with Malaysia on the investigation into what caused the aircraft to disappear. And we’ll continue to offer our support and assistance as the search and investigation continue.”
Obama will discuss the search for the missing plane with Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes told reporters, but it will not be the only item on the agenda.
Malaysia is a growing partner of the United States, which seeks to deepen that relationship, Rhodes said.
Topics of discussion between the two leaders will include trade, security and regional issues, he said.
The Bluefin-21 underwater sonar device commenced its 15th mission Sunday morning to search for the remains of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the Indian Ocean, the agency coordinating search efforts said.
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