Thursday, Sep 18, 2014Thursday, Sep 18, 2014
Asia
 

Obama in Malaysia on visit to energise bilateral ties

Published on Apr 26, 2014 5:22 PM
 
US President Barack Obama gestures as he arrives at the Royal Malaysian Air Force base in Subang on April 26, 2014. Mr Obama arrived in Malaysia on Saturday for a visit aimed at energising relations with the predominantly Muslim nation and re-focusing an Asian tour repeatedly distracted by foreign policy crises elsewhere. -- PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - US President Barack Obama arrived in Malaysia on Saturday for a visit aimed at energising relations with the predominantly Muslim nation and re-focusing an Asian tour repeatedly distracted by foreign policy crises elsewhere.

Mr Obama is the first serving US president to visit since Mr Lyndon Johnson in 1966.

He is looking to underscore security ties amid concern over China's territorial ambitions and to convince a sceptical Malaysian government to support his troubled plans for a Pacific-wide trade pact.

Videos