President Barack Obama to Visit Malaysia

U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur is pleased to share the following information about the visit to Malaysia by United States President Barack Obama.

The following is an excerpt by Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Susan Rice, National Security Advisor. For full text of the briefing, please click here.

President Barack Obama will visit Malaysia, the first visit by a President of the United States to Malaysia since Lyndon Johnson. After an arrival ceremony upon arrival, he will attend a royal audience and state dinner that evening.

On Sunday, the 27th, the President will begin with a cultural visit to the National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur. He will then have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Najib, a working lunch and press conference. Then the two leaders will head to the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Center. Malaysia hosted the Entrepreneurship Summit, which grew out of the President’s initiative last year. They did an exceptional job, and are following up with a number of initiatives focused on entrepreneurship that can help grow the Malaysian economy but also serve economic growth in the Asia Pacific more broadly.

Following that tour, the President will head to Malaya University, where he’ll have a town hall with young leaders from across Southeast Asia. So this is a particularly interesting event in that we have invited young people from all 10 of the ASEAN countries to come to this town hall. The President will be speaking — giving a speech there, but also engaging with the young people. We’ll be launching a Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative, somewhat similar to the initiative we have in Africa, to build relationships across Southeast Asia in coordination with our broader strategy of engaging the ASEAN countries — again, not just at a leader level, but at a young leader level as well.

Then, that evening, he will also have a meeting with leaders in Malaysian civil society.

On Monday morning, the President will leave for the Philippines, where he will have a bilateral program with President Aquino and a joint press conference.