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No plans for Obama to meet Malaysia's Anwar

Published on Apr 19, 2014 4:49 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) President Barack Obama does not plan to see Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim when he is in Kuala Lumpur next week, though US officials on Friday did not rule out a lower-level meeting.

Mr Obama will become the first sitting US president to visit Malaysia in nearly half a century when he touches down in the country on April 26.

Washington has expressed disquiet about what it says are politically motivated charges to keep the veteran opposition leader out of Malaysian politics.

In March, the Malaysian Court of Appeals overturned Anwar's 2012 acquittal on sodomy charges which date from a bitter power struggle with his then rival, prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, in the 1990s.

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