April 26 - U.S. President Barack Obama attends a state dinner in Malaysia, in the first visit to the country by a U.S. president since 1966. Gavino Gary reports.
U.S. President Barack Obama gets the royal welcome from the Malaysian king, as he arrives in Kuala Lumpur. The state dinner is complete with traditional song and dance. But on a more serious note, King Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah addressed missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MALAYSIA'S KING ABDUL HALIM MU'ADZAM, SAYING (ABOUT THE MISSING MALAYSIA AIRLINES FLIGHT MH370): "Your involvement since the beginning of the search and rescue mission and the ongoing recovery operation indeed exemplifies the strong commitment established between our two countries." Obama's toast had a more hopeful message. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, SAYING: "For while we may be different as nations, our people have similar hopes and similar aspirations. And we can draw strength in both of our nations from our ethnic and religious diversity. We can draw hope from our history, and we dream of a brighter future for all of our children." It's the third leg of Obama's four-nation Asia trip. On the agenda for this visit is the Trans Pacific Partnership Alliance agreement -- a deal would connect a dozen Asia-Pacific economies by eliminating trade barriers. Obama is the first U.S. president to visit Malaysia since Lyndon B. Johnson visited in 1966.