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Kerry lauds multi-faith Malaysia as model for world

Published on Oct 11, 2013 2:04 PM
 
US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak during an innovators event at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kuala Lumpur on Friday, Oct 11, 2013. Mr Kerry lauded Malaysia on Friday as a modern, innovative and multi-faith model for the world. -- PHOTO: AFP

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."

 
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