NEW YORK – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is happy and satisfied with his nine-day working visit to the United States of America, encompassing 11 multi-faceted tasks from international to economic and youth affairs, starting Sept 20.
The tasks included addressing the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and a UN meeting on climate change, as well as wooing support for Malaysia’s candidature for a non-permanent member seat in the United Nations Security Council.
In enhancing Malaysia’s relationship with other countries, he held a separate bilateral meetings with his counterpart from the Netherlands (Mark Rutte), Pakistan (Muhammad Nawas Sharif), Luxembourg (Xavier Bettel) and Tunisia (Dr Mohamed Moncef Marzouki).
The meetings were held on the sidelines of the UNGA, here.
“We gained recognition from others, including US President Barack Obama who recognized Malaysia’s efforts in turning the country into an advanced economy when Obama mentioned the matter in his speech at UNGA,” said Najib.
Najib hoped the visit could provide a higher profile of Malaysia, especially if the country secured the non-permanent member seat in the United Nations Security Council.
On the economic front, he met American fund managers, investors and business leaders in attracting them to do business or increase their investments in Malaysia.
“Their responses towards Malaysia are very encouraging. Hopefully, the achievement, accomplishment, we can measure in terms of increased investments,” he said.
In further developing the country’s biotechnology, innovation and technology sectors, Najib held separate meetings with experts in those sectors.
He also presented the Perdana Scholar Awards to 31 outstanding Malaysian students in the US.
The prime minister was also invited to talk at the Georgetown University in Washington DC.
At a meeting with Malaysian youths, he launched the iM4U Aspire Young Malaysians and participated in volunteer activities at the Lincoln Square Neighbourhood Centre here.
The activities included painting the neighbourhood centre, planting consumable plants in the garden and prepare meals for the elderly.
Najib also did not want to miss the opportunity of meeting the Malaysians diaspora by hosting a dinner for them here.
“Whether in New York or all over the world, we are Malaysians. Take pride to be Malaysians. You are still Malaysians and true Malaysians. What is important is to be with us as IMalaysia.
“I am happy and satisfied with the visit because this is really a well encompassing, multifaceted visit,” he said.
Najib accompanied by his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor will depart for home from here Sunday (Monday in Malaysia). – Bernama