President Barack Obama in a joint press conference with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Sunday that both countries have issues with human rights that need to be addressed.
CBS News’ Major Garrett asked Obama why he had not discussed human rights with Najib and why he did not meet with jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.
“The fact that I haven’t met with Mr. Anwar is not indicative of a lack of concern,” Obama answered. “There are a lot of people I don’t meet with.”
National Security Adviser Susan Rice is scheduled to meet with Anwar Ibrahim when she visits the country this week, Red State reports.
Obama called Najib a “reformer” and said he always discusses human rights issues in his meetings with world leaders. He said he is committed to making sure such issues are raised in “a constructive way.”
“I think the Prime Minister is the first to acknowledge that Malaysia’s still got some work to do. Just like the United States, by the way, has some work to do on these issues,” Obama said. “Human Rights Watch probably has a list of things they think we should be doing as a government.”
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