HANOI - Malaysia has thanked Vietnam for helping out in the search for Flight MH370.
"I would like to place on record our sincere appreciation to the Vietnamese government for all the assistance rendered in the search for Flight MH370," Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak told his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung after a bilateral meeting.
He said Vietnam had deployed its assets and was forthcoming in the sharing of information on Flight MH370, which lost contact with Kuala Lumpur as soon as it was said to have entered Vietnamese airspace in the wee hours of March 8.
Najib, who arrived here for a three-day working visit straight from the Pearce air base in Perth, Australia, where he had gone to personally look at the search efforts, reiterated that Malaysia greatly appreciated the efforts of all those who had and were still helping out.
Najib was earlier given an official welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace, where he also inspected a guard-of-honour.
In his speech earlier, Tan Dung expressed his government's condolences to the families of those on board the flight.
He said the immediate search efforts carried out by Vietnam reflected the close ties between both nations.
This is Najib's first official visit to Vietnam since he assumed the premiership in 2009.