MH370 search: Najib thanks nations for 'remarkable effort'

MH370 search: Najib thanks nations for 'remarkable effort'
Najib (left) and Abbott walking in for the joint press conference.

PETALING JAYA - Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has expressed his gratitude to all countries involved in the search for MH370 and says it has been a remarkable effort so far.

'For the past three weeks, hundreds of people have journeyed thousands of kilometres to help. They have searched through stormy seas and freezing fog," said the Prime Minister at a joint press conference with his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott in Perth Thursday.

"They have sailed through storms to find the plane. We owe them each a debt of gratitude. This has been a remarkable effort, bringing together nations from around the world," he said.

Najib arrived in the Western Australian city Wednesday night for a first-hand look at the search being conducted for the missing airliner, which flight ended in the southern Indian Ocean.

Najib said he had met the some of the crew involved in the search operations at the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF) Pearce airbase and they told him of the difficulties they face.

"As I speak, 10 aircraft and nine ships are searching for the missing plane. The search area is vast and the conditions are not easy," he said.

He also thanked Abbott for hosting him and for Australia taking the lead in the search operations as well as contributing to the investigations.

"In this difficult time, Australia has proved to be an invaluable friend," he said.

Abbot, meanwhile, said that they were throwing everything they had at what he called "one of the most difficult searches ever undertaken".

"We owe it to the families of the 239 on board. We do owe it to our good friend Malaysia and we owe it to the people and government of China. We owe it to the troubled citizens of the wider world to do everything we can to solve this extraordinary mystery," he said.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew, left the KL International Airport for Beijing at 12.41am on March 8 and disappeared from radar screens about an hour later over the South China Sea.

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