Donald Trump to meet scandal-hit Malaysian leader Najib Razak in September
US President Donald Trump plans to meet with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is involved in a corruption scandal in the White House on Sept. 12, the two countries said on Thursday.
The United States Department of Justice conducted a criminal investigation of 1Malaysia Berhad Development (1MDB), a fund founded by Najib, which faces money laundering probes in at least six countries, including the US. , Switzerland and Singapore.
In civil cases, the Department of Justice has sought to enter a total of approximately $ 1.7 billion in assets, according to the states, acquired with misappropriated funds of 1MDB.
The Malaysian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Najib will visit after an invitation from Trump.
“It is expected that the two leaders to discuss mutually beneficial areas of cooperation, including national security, the global fight against terrorism and extremism, and trade and investment that will benefit our countries and our peoples,” said El Ministry of Foreign Affairs in liberation.
The United States sees Najib as a key partner in its fight against radical Islamists.
But this image has been damaged recently after Najib was linked to the 1DM scandal, and his party openly supported right-wing groups for political gain before polls take place in mid-2018.
Trump hopes “to discuss ways to strengthen and expand our bilateral relations and expand regional cooperation with one of America’s closest partners in Southeast Asia,” said a statement from the White House announcing the visit of Najib on 12 September.
The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the plan for a meeting, Najib said he would probably take advantage of the visit to the White House to try to minimize the possibility of additional 1MDB investigations.
Relations between Malaysia and the United States were hit last year after the Justice Ministry filed suit under the 1MDB scandal and Najib sought to strengthen ties with China.
US relations with Malaysia, the United States as a major partner to deal with the claim land areas of China in East Asia, were improving with President Barack Obama, who in 2014 became the First President of the United States in Visit the country in 50 years.
Najib was a key ally at Obama’s strategic pivot in Asia and was part of the Transpacific Partnership Pact (TPP) collapsed.
Chinese President Xi Jinping will also visit Malaysia in the coming months, according to local media reports, although this has not been officially confirmed.