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LOS ANGELES, Feb 11, 2016:

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has been accorded the honour to address the US-Asean Leaders’ Summit in Sunnylands, California, during the opening ceremony on Monday (Tuesday in Malaysia).

Malaysian Ambassador to the United States Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussin said on Wednesday (Thursday in Malaysia) that Kuala Lumpur was given the honour due to its role as the coordinating country for US-Asean relations for the 2015-2018 period.

United States President Barack Obama was also scheduled to give his opening remarks apart from Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong of Laos, the current chair of Asean.

“Malaysia has an important role to play as a coordinating country for US-Asean relations,” Awang Adek told Malaysian journalists at a hotel here.

He said this was the first time the US-Asean Summit was being held outside the Asean countries, thus signifying the importance of the relationship which they had upgraded to a strategic partnership last year.

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