US National Security Council official meets Anwar

PETALING JAYA - US President Barack Obama conveyed his regards and best wishes to Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in a message delivered by US National Security Council director, Ambas­sador Susan Rice, at a meeting in Kuala Lumpur.

According to a statement released by Anwar's office, also present at the meeting yesterday were DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, PAS secretary-general Mustafa Ali and US assistant secretary of state for East Asia Daniel Russel.

The statement said Rice requested input on strategies to improve US-Malaysia relations.

Anwar referred to the US comprehensive engagement with Indonesia and Vietnam, and suggested that the US created a Working Group on governance and working rights - which would include civil society and opposition representatives - to strengthen the comprehensive partnership announced during Obama's visit.

On negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, Anwar believed that Malaysia is a "trading nation that must attract Foreign Direct Investment to survive in a challenging global economy".

Rice acknowledged the need for all parties in Malaysia to have a greater understanding of the TPPA, in addition to a more transparent and inclusive negotiation process.