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U.S. President Barack Obama answers a question during a joint news conference with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak at his residence in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, April 27, 2014. Opening the first visit to Malaysia by a U.S. president in nearly half a century, Obama holds economic and security talks with Razak, who leads a southeast Asian nation with an important role in Obama's efforts to forge deeper ties with the region. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Obama defends Malaysia’s search for missing plane

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Apr 27 2014 10:15 pm • Last Updated Apr 27 2014 10:15 pm

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia • President Barack Obama on Sunday defended the Malaysian government’s handling of its fruitless search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, saying officials are working tirelessly to find the aircraft that is believed to be deep at the bottom of the Indian Ocean.

Obama said he knows how hard officials are working because of his consultations with his own team and because of all the U.S. assets involved in the massive search effort.

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"I can’t speak for all the countries in the region but I can say that the United States and other partners have found the Malaysian government eager for assistance and fully forthcoming with us in terms of the information that they have," Obama said.

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