MH370: Najib to get insight into search operations in Australia

MH370: Najib to get insight into search operations in Australia

KUALA LUMPUR - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will hold a bilateral meeting with Australian counterpart Tony Abbott and attend a briefing on the multi-national search operations for MH370.

According to a press statement from the Transport Ministry, Najib is due to visit Pearce Air Force base today where the Joint Agency Coordination Centre is located, to view first-hand the operations and meet with personnel involved in the multinational search for the Malaysia Airlines aircraft.

Najib will also be extending his appreciation to the Australian government and the personnel involved in the operations, including those from Malaysia.

After Perth, Najib is scheduled to make an official visit to Vietnam from April 3 to April 5.

The statement also said Defence Minister and Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein held a telephone conversation with the British Secretary of State for Defence Phillip Hammond on the search operations.

"During the call, Defence Secretary Hammond confirmed that Britain will send HMS Tireless - a Trafalgar-class nuclear submarine with sonar capabilities - to help in the multinational search operation," it said.

It added that Hishammuddin was currently attending the US-ASEAN Defence Forum in Hawaii.

Royal Australian Air Force flight lieutenant David O'Brian said no debris or objects of interest was sighted by an Australian search aircraft which returned to Pearce late yesterday evening.

He said although the weather was good they could not see anything.

"But we are not giving up, and will be out to continue the search tomorrow," he said.

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