Regarding his meeting with the Youth Leaders or representatives of ASEAN youth , Obama intends to encourage the spirit of democracy in Southeast Asia among the younger generation . The meeting was included in the Asian Young Leaders project initiated by the U.S. government and will also be released in Africa .
In the program , Obama and the U.S. government has invested millions of dollars to connect the youth of Asia , Africa and the United States in the field of entrepreneurship is also an exchange student .
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Release issued by The White House said that the U.S. sees Malaysia as an important player in economic development in Southeast Asia . Today, Obama will meet Prime Minister Najib Razak to discuss trade , security cooperation and intelligence strategy .
The Asian tour is the fifth since Obama took office as president . Meanwhile , Obama's visit to Malaysia into a separate note , the article , Obama is the first U.S. president since 1966 who visited Malaysia .
The last visit made by President Lyndon Johnson on a tour of Asia to see the spread of communism . In Kuala Lumpur , Obama will visit the National Mosque and meet with young leaders of Southeast Asia at the University of Malaya .
Moreover , when it arrives in Kuala Lumpur , Saturday, April 26, 2014 , Obama immediately expressed its solidarity with the mystery of the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 .
" I am very aware that this will be a long journey , " Obama told the Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein , quoted by the Times of India .
Obama also ensure U.S. aid in the search mission . " We will cooperate . U.S. will provide support , " he added .
Although the White House said Obama's visit destination in order to strengthen relationships with potential partners , observers saw it as an attempt to counter the power of China in Asia , particularly Southeast Asia .
" His objective is to convince them that the United States is still here and still have a strong interest to counter China's influence with these countries , " said Koichi Nakano , a political science professor at Sophia University , Tokyo , quoted by Time .