WASHINGTON - Malaysia is a rising country with a great deal of value propositions for the United States that are mutually beneficial to both countries, Prime Minister Najib Razak said as he met Malaysians at an event in Washington on Monday (Sept 11).
Datuk Seri Najib made the remarks at a dinner at the Malaysian Embassy which he attended with his wife Rosmah Mansor as part of his three-day working visit to the US, local media reported.
The visit's highlight will be a meeting with US President Donald Trump scheduled for Tuesday at the White House.
Mr Najib told the function that his visit was aimed at showing that Malaysia is an important country to the US.
"We bring to the table a great deal of value propositions. We are not here to ask for money from the US," The Star quoted him as saying in his address to Malaysians living in the US at the dinner.
"We come here as a rising country that is successful and growing and determined to succeed to the ranks of the top 20 nations of the world in 2050," he added.
There are about 28,000 Malaysians living in cities throughout the US, Bernama reported.
At the dinner, Mr Najib spoke on the current situation in the country and extended his National Day and Malaysia Day greetings.
He added that Malaysia would continue to support the global effort to fight terrorism and at the same time propagate the true image of Islam.
Also present at the dinner were Foreign Minister Anifah Aman, International Trade and Industry Minister Mustapa Mohamed, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rohani Abdul Karim, Malaysian Ambassador to the United States Dr Zulhasnan Rafique and Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa.