Elected in the same year, PM Najib and Obama share close ties

Elected in the same year, PM Najib and Obama share close ties

United States president Barack Obama and Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak have two things in common.

Both were elected to lead their countries in the same year.

Obama won the American presidential election on Jan 20, 2009, while Najib took office as Prime Minister less than three months later on April 3.

Both also took office pledging to make a positive change in their respective countries.

The similarities are a plus point for both leaders as they aim to develop closer personal ties with the presidential visit.

The visit offers an opportunity for the two countries to strengthen bilateral relations which have steadily developed over the years and moved into high gear since Obama and Najib came to power.

The first contact between the two leaders took place on June 26, 2009, two months after Najib became Prime Minister.

In a 20-minute telephone conversation, the two leaders discussed several issues including the economy, Iran and North Korea.

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