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Ambassador Kirk and Secretary Geithner Meet with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib

Ambassador Kirk and Treasury Secretary Geithner met on Thursday with Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia for a wide-ranging discussion of the bilateral trade and investment relationship. Currently, Malaysia is the 18th largest U.S. trading partner – with $34 billion in two-way goods trade – and an important investment partner, with more than $13 billion in U.S. foreign direct investment in Malaysia and an increasing amount of Malaysian investment in the United States. They discussed Prime Minister Najib’s New Economic Model, a wide-ranging economic reform program designed to make Malaysia a more developed, entrepreneurial, and innovative economy and to help it achieve high income status by 2020. Ambassador Kirk gave Prime Minister Najib an update on the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, a centerpiece of U.S. engagement in the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region. They also discussed joint efforts to conclude the WTO Doha Development Agenda negotiations. Acting Foreign Minister Dr. Rais Yatim also attended.

Ambassador Kirk, PM Najib and Secretary Geithner
Ambassador Kirk with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib and Treasury Secretary Geithner

U.S. and Malaysian Delegation
U.S. and Malaysian Delegations