Kerry lauds multi-faith Malaysia as model for world
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - United States Secretary of State John Kerry lauded Malaysia on Friday as a modern, innovative and multi-faith model for the world, heaping praise on a country the US regards as a valuable Muslim ally.
On the final day of a curtailed Asian tour in which he has filled in for President Barack Obama, Mr Kerry said Malaysia's young people were an inspiration for the Arab Spring.
"Here in Malaysia, people of different heritages have been in conversation for a long time," Mr Kerry said in a speech to mainly young entrepreneurs in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.
"You see it in the open houses you host during holidays, welcoming people of different faiths into your living rooms."