Malaysia has been officially notified by the Maldives Civil Aviation Authority pertaining to debris that has been found. At this juncture, no verification of the debris has taken place.
We will be despatching a team to the Maldives to view the debris as well as conduct preliminary verification of the debris.
Once it is determined to be aircraft debris, discussions will be held to determine next steps in terms of the process of analysis.
At this stage, it is highly premature to speculate on whether this debris is in any way connected to MH370.
I urge all parties to allow for the verification process to take its course. Undue speculation will only stress the families and loved ones, anxiously awaiting news on this matter.
We are very appreciative of the support given by the Maldivian authorities and we look forward to their continued assistance. Our gratitude also, to all the nations and surrounding territories who are assisting us during our time of need.