The top brass discussing bilateral cooperation between Malaysia and America.
On his first official day at work in Washington attending the Nuclear Security Summit attended by top leaders from 47 countries, Prime Minister Najib Razak was indeed a very busy bee.
Firstly, Najib with his small entourage comprising Rais Yatim as acting Foreign Minister and Ambassador Jamaluddin Jarjis attended bilateral talks with President Barrack Obama who viewed Malaysia as an important ally in the overall agenda of Muslim communities around the world, being a Nation with a Muslim majority. Later, Najib and a very few select leaders were invited to lunch with Vice President Joseph Biden. In the evening, he was invited to join another select group of important leaders to dine with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who might be visiting Malaysia in the very near future. According to Ambassador Jarjis, " Malaysia is regarded as representing the voices of the Islamic countries on nuclear issues."
Malaysian observers to the Nuclear Security Summit.
Today, besides Prime Minister Najib, Obama gave an audience to King Abdullah of Jordan, the Presidents of Armania, and finally China.
Among the forty seven leaders here in Washington who've sought meetings on bilateral ties with the United States, only eight had their requests granted among which only two were from East Asia, namely China and Malaysia.
On Tuesday night, the Prime Minister will be hosting a Gala dinner introducing the Faces of 1Malaysia to the American community including the US Congressmen.
On Wednesday, Najib will be lunching with the Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Congressman Howard Berman before making a keynote address on a function organised by the Centre of Strategic & International Studies ( CSIS ) on Malaysia's handling of the Insurgency Period resulting in the surrender of the Communist Party of Malaya.
The Patriot would like to commend Malaysia's Ambassador to The United States, Datuk Sri Jamaluddin Jarjis for successfully using his strong connections and diplomatic skills on Capitol Hill, arranging such important meetings and events for the Prime Minister and boosting Malaysia's standing and image in America and among the Muslim world in less than 7 months after taking over as Head of our Mission in Washington which is by far an endeavour that has never been achieved in such a short time by any of his predecessors before.
On Thursday night, H.E. Ambassador Jarjis also witnessed a signing ceremony between the National Aerospace & Defense Industries Sdn Bhd and Poongsan from South Korea supplying Ammunition & Explosives at the Ritz Carlton in Washington.
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