United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has arrived in Malaysia for talks with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
He is the first senior official of US President Donald Trump’s administration to visit Malaysia.
The aircraft carrying Tillerson touched down at the Subang air force base at about 6.50pm.
Tillerson flew to Malaysia later Tuesday for the last scheduled stop of his Southeast Asia tour. Immediately after landing at an air base just outside Kuala Lumpur, he was whisked off to Parliament for a meeting with Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Malaysia’s relations with the U.S. had warmed after Najib took office in 2009, following decades of periodic distrust. But Najib has increasingly leaned toward China, which had become Malaysia’s biggest trading partner, and especially after the eruption two years ago of a massive corruption scandal implicating Najib and a state investment fund he founded.