President Obama Visits Malaysia

Time: 7:19 p.m. CEST

President Obama arrived on Friday in Malaysia, where he talked to the young people, met Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak, participate at ASEAN Summit and would visit refugee center to underscore that “this is a global challenge.”

President Barack Obama will visit a refugee center in Malaysia during his official visit of the country during Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting. President’s deputy national security adviser Benjamin Rhodes explained details during press gaggle on Air Force One, according to the White House transcript. Mr.Rhodes said “it is a center that provides education and support to refugee populations that are being hosted by Malaysia.”

As Rhodes stated, the President will focus on importance of countries like Malaysia, “hosting refugees who have been forced to flee from their homes for a variety of circumstances.” Malaysia host significant refugee population, and according to Rhodes, “that includes a significant portion of Rohingya” Muslims.

Rhodes would not like to go ahead of the President on the message he would convene at the refugee center, but said, “he will underscore that this is a global challenge.” Obama’s message is that “we recognize that there’s populations who were forced to flee their homes, not necessarily because they want to, but because they’re suffering either violence or extreme poverty, or they’re victims of human trafficking,” Rhodes explained.

President Barack Obama announced on Friday that leaders gathered for a summit meetings among world leaders this weekend in Kuala Lumpur will focus on the global fight against the Islamic State militants and on the disputed South China Sea, Reuters news agency reported. Obama spoke to reporters after he met with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Obama said that Malaysia is part of the coalition to fight (Islamic State) and can be extraordinary helpful.

As Reuters explained, the Malaysian Prime Minister Razak said, “Malaysia’s government is very clear we are against IS (Islamic State), against the ideology. It is evil. It is against Islam. It is a perversion of Islam, and they do not represent us.” “It’s important for us to present the authentic Islam,” Najib said after his talks with Obama, Reuters reports.

The ASEAN Summit throughout the weekend would address issues of terrorist threats abroad and locally.  Another issue for a bilateral talks is situation in the South China Sea. “The United States does strongly believe in the need to apply the rule of law and international norms in the resolution of maritime disputes,” Obama said, as Reuters informs. “Freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce” have been the foundation for region’s growth.”

China claims most of the South China Sea, which annually carry $5 trillion worth of trade. This clashes with claims by Taiwan and ASEAN members Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei, Reuters explains. In addition to Obama, leaders from China, Japan, Russia, India, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand participate in the Summit.

In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, “Malaysia deployed extraordinary security measures around Kuala Lumpur on Friday as leaders from 18 countries arrived for a pair of weekend summits amid fresh attacks by Islamist militants,” Reuters give an isight of the situation. Police in September thwarted a plot to detonate bombs in Kuala Lumpurs’s tourist area of Bukit Bintang.





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