Obama to raise concerns on opposition in Malaysia: White House official

Reuters | .

U.S. President Barack Obama will "very directly" raise concerns about the status of the opposition and respect for human rights when he visits Malaysia, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said on Thursday.

Rhodes, speaking to reporters at an Asia-Pacific summit in Manila, said Obama would have a bilateral meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in Kuala Lumpur on Friday, ahead of the weekend East Asia summit.

The visit is Obama's second to Malaysia in two years. In December 2014, Obama played golf with Najib in Hawaii, which some commentators said illustrated the close personal relations between the two leaders.

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