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Monday, May 09, 2005

Malaysia and US renew defence pact, discuss Malacca Strait security

Headline reads Malaysia and US renew defence pact, discuss Malacca Strait security
"Najib said Zoellick had offered help which would not undermine the sovereignty of the three states bordering the busy shipping lane -- Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.

Malaysia has in the past rejected suggestions that the US or other foreign navies be allowed to help patrol the strait.

'It (the United States) wants to help out without affecting the sovereignty of the states, and the US recognises that they do not want to undermine the principles of sovereignty in this area,' Najib was quoted as saying by the official Bernama news agency.

'In what way and what areas they want to help is for the US to consider,' he said."
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