US offers forensic help over mass graves

US offers forensic help over mass graves

PUTRAJAYA: The United States is willing to provide forensic assistance to police to identify bodies from the 139 graves, believed to be of Rohingya migrants, in Wang Kelian, Perlis.

The offer was made at a meeting between Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and US Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson in New York during the minister's official visit to the United States.

The Home Ministry said yesterday that Dr Ahmad Zahid and Johnson also discussed bilateral co-operation on security and Malaysia's progress on the US Visa Waiver Programme.

Other issues discussed were co-operation in fighting transborder crime, human trafficking and steps taken by Malaysia to tackle IS militants via its anti-terrorism laws.

In a related development, the US embassy in Bangkok said US officials would meet their counterparts in the region to discuss the issue of migrants and asylum seekers.

Embassy spokesman Melissa Sweeney said US Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration Anne Richard would head the delegation to the regional meeting hosted by Thailand in Bangkok and also visit Indonesia and Malaysia in the next few days.

She said the US Navy had been conducting daily surveillance flights out of the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang to locate boats carrying migrants with the support of the Malaysian authorities.

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