US SECRETARY OF STATE TILLERSON IN MALAYSIA FOR TALKS WITH PM NAJIB

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia � United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has arrived in Malaysia for talks with Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.

He is the first senior official of US President Donald Trump administration to visit this multiracial and multi religious Southeast Asian nation of some 32 million people.

The aircraft carrying Tillerson touched down at the air force base in Subang near the Malaysian capital at about 6.50 pm.

On hand to receive him at the air base was Deputy Foreign Minister Reezal Merican Nainan Merican.

Besides Najib, Tillerson is also scheduled to meet Deputy Prime Minister Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi on Wednesday.

Prior to Malaysia, the senior American official had travelled to Manila and Bangkok.

The US embassy in a statement on the visit said that discussions in Kuala Lumpur would focus on strengthening cooperation on a range of issues in the 60th year of US-Malaysia bilateral relations.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK