• First Presidential visit in 48 years.
  • President Obama and I reaffirmed our mutual commitment to further enhance Malaysia – USA engagement on issues of bilateral, regional and international importance.
  • Recognizing the growing cooperation between the two countries in a wide range of areas, President Obama and I decided to elevate the Malaysia – U.S. relationship to a Comprehensive Partnership with the aim of advancing our two countries’ common interests and the shared values of the people of the United States and Malaysia. Under the Comprehensive Partnership, both countries commit to further strengthening dialogue mechanisms in key areas including political and diplomatic cooperation, trade and investment, education and people-to-people ties, security and defense cooperation, as well as collaboration on the environment, science and technology and energy.


Date visited: April 12, 2010

As part of a week-long official visit to the United States, US President Barack Obama and I met just before the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington DC. The meeting was a first between the leaders and represented the start of more robust bilateral relations between Malaysia and the US. During our discussion, President Obama and I agreed to work together to further strengthen the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and increase economic ties. I also agreed to assist in capacity building in Afghanistan as well as in helping the US better engage the Muslim world. President Obama also praised Malaysia for its “economic vibrancy, democracy, and willingness to cooperate on key security and multilateral issues”.

Key outcomes:

  • Discussed Malaysia’s New Economic Model policy and we both noted the shared interest in deepening the bilateral economic relationship and support for broader regional economic integration. President Obama congratulated Malaysia for action on the Strategic Goods Act, which will strengthen the ability of Malaysian authorities to take action against individuals and entities engaged in proliferation.
  • Malaysia is currently pursuing the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty with the support of the US.
  • Peace Corps volunteers to teach English in schools.
  • Sending medical personnel to Afghanistan under ISAF.

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