Obama Applauds Malaysia’s Move to Join WMD Interdiction Effort

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Global Security Newswire Staff
April 29, 2014, 8:17 a.m.

U.S. Pres­id­ent Obama on Sunday wel­comed Malay­sia’s move to join a mul­tina­tion­al ef­fort that aims to halt  the spread of un­con­ven­tion­al weapons.

“Ob­vi­ously we are work­ing on this is­sue for a long time,” the U.S. lead­er said dur­ing a press con­fer­ence with Malay­si­an Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, the Malay Mail On­line re­por­ted.

Malay­sia has been in­form­ally sup­port­ing the ef­forts of the U.S.-led Pro­lif­er­a­tion Se­cur­ity Ini­ti­at­ive for years. Ku­ala Lum­pur’s de­cision to en­dorse the ini­ti­at­ive’s State­ment of In­ter­dic­tion Prin­ciples form­al­izes that re­la­tion­ship, Najib said.

“This re­la­tion­ship will con­tin­ue what we have done and also re­flects strong will and de­sire on the Malay­si­an side, to not only co­oper­ate with the U.S., but with the in­ter­na­tion­al com­munity to stop pro­lif­er­a­tion” of weapons of mass de­struc­tion, the prime min­is­ter said.

“We have de­veloped a lot of ca­pa­city re­search, but this is a part­ner­ship; what we seek to do is to find ways [in] which the strength of in­form­a­tion that each side has, can be en­hanced and com­bined and pooled,” Obama said dur­ing his three-day trip to the South­east Asi­an state.

More than 100 coun­tries have en­dorsed the PSI prin­ciples, which com­mit them to col­lab­or­ate with one an­oth­er in in­ter­dict­ing sus­pec­ted ship­ments of chem­ic­al, bio­lo­gic­al, nuc­le­ar and mis­sile-re­lated ma­ter­i­als as they are trans­por­ted over sea, through the air and across land.