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Najib-Trump meeting heralds new era of bilateral ties

The Star Online logo The Star Online 12/9/2017 MERGAWATI ZULFAKAR

© Getty WASHINGTON: The meeting between Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Donald Trump at the White House Tuesday will be the first time the two national leaders come face to face since the latter became President earlier this year.

The Prime Minister, who is here at the invitation of Trump, was greeted by the President at the West Wing of the White House here and subsequently ushered to the Oval Office for a four-eyed meeting.

The two leaders then joined Trump's senior administration and advisors in the Cabinet Room for a delegation meeting.

The American delegation included Vice President Mike Pence, State Secretary Rex Tillerson, Defence Secretary James Mattis, Chief of Staff John Kelly, National Security Advisor Lt Gen H.R. McMaster and Senior Advisor Jared Kushner.

Apart from Najib, the Malaysian delegation comprised Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa, Ambassador to the US Tan Sri Dr Zulhasnan Rafique, Wisma Putra secretary-general Datuk Ramlan Ibrahim and National Security Council director-general Tan Sri Jen (r) Zulkifeli Mohd Zin.

This is the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and the United States, which have deepened and strengthened over the years

At a dinner with Malaysians living and studying in the United States Monday night, the Prime Minister said that with every new administration in Washington, Malaysia was afforded an opportunity to renew the friendship and partnership.

High on the agenda will be issues on security, extremism, the fight against terror as well as trade and investment.

The United States is the third largest investor in Malaysia.

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