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Malaysia, US pledge closer collaboration in Asia Pacific

Bilateral talks focus on trade, defense procurement, security cooperation

U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak of Malaysia to the White House on Sept. 12. (Getty Images)

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia and the U.S. have agreed to strengthen ties through trade and security cooperation in the Asia Pacific region.  

In a joint statement issued Wednesday, a day after a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Najib Razak and President Donald Trump, both countries vowed to address trade imbalances through investment, with Malaysia buying more U.S.-made products, including $60 million of additional defense procurement.

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