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U.S. hopes to cooperate with Malaysia in fighting natural disasters: ambassador
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08:06, July 25, 2007

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The United States and Malaysia have potential for greater cooperation in addressing global problems like helping poor countries as well as those affected by natural disasters, a U.S. diplomat said on Tuesday.

The United States and Malaysia probably could work together to do a lot more elsewhere in the world in these areas, said U.S. ambassador to Malaysia Christopher J. LaFleur.

From a nation in need of assistance from other countries after independence such as by the Peace Corps volunteers, Malaysia today had developed in many ways and was in a position to help other needy countries, he said at a photo exhibition here.

Malaysia had successfully participated in the United Nations peacekeeping operations for many decades and all these augured well for Malaysia in its aim to play an even greater role to world peace, security and prosperity, he was quoted by Malaysia's national news service Bernama as saying.

According to Bernama, the United States currently is Malaysia's largest export market and the bilateral trade value totaled 160 billion ringgit (45.7 billion U.S. dollars).

More than 120,000 Malaysian students have graduated from American universities and colleges, Bernama added.

LaFleur hoped that the "English Teaching Assistance Program" where young people from the United States assisted in teaching the language to rural schools could be extended to other areas in future.

The first batch of U.S. volunteers in the program came to Malaysia in late 2005 and so far Kuala Terengganu in northern Malaysia is the only area where this program had been introduced as a pilot project, according to Bernama.

Source: Xinhua

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