Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry heaped praise on Malaysia Friday, calling it a modern, innovative, and multi-faith model for the world, according to an AFP report.
Kerry was in Malaysia on the final day of his Asian tour in which he filled in for President Barack Obama, who cancelled his trip because of the U.S. government shutdown.
In a speech to mainly young entrepreneurs in Kuala Lumpur, he said Malaysia’s young people were an inspiration for the Arab Spring.
“Here in Malaysia, people of different heritages have been in conversation for a long time. You see it in the open houses you host during holidays, welcoming people of different faiths into your living rooms.”
He referred to the city’s Petronas Towers, the world’s tallest twin skyscrapers, as a blend of the modern and traditional, saying they “are a soaring reminder that Malaysia is much more than a marketplace. It is a human and economic mosaic—and it is a model for the world”.
Concerning the Arab Spring, he said “The world watched young people just like you—men and women with great aspirations just like yours—demand the chance to fashion their futures, just like you are doing today as you turn your dreams into businesses”.
Kerry met with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak earlier, seeking to strengthen relations with a nation the U.S. considers a valuable Muslim ally at a time when U.S. commitment to Asia is under scrutiny. Image/apjtours.com