MH370: Challenging Effort But US Committed To Supporting Search, Says Obama

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PUTRAJAYA, April 27 – US President Barack Obama said on Sunday that the United States was fully committed to providing more assets to assist in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean. “I can tell you the United States is absolutely committed to providing whatever resources and assets that we can,” Obama told a news conference with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak here on Sunday. A US Navy submersible drone scanned a remote patch of the Indian Ocean seabed on Sunday in its so far fruitless efforts to find signs of the missing plane, but bad weather prevented an air and sea surface search. More than eight weeks after the jet carrying 239 people disappeared enroute from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, and six weeks since the search moved from Asia to the Indian Ocean, authorities are now regrouping to decide how to proceed.

Malaysia, China, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Britain and the United States are assisting Australia in trying to solve the most expensive search in aviation history. “Obviously we don’t know all the details but we do know if in fact the plane went down in the ocean on this part of this world, there is a big place and it is very challenging effort and laboriously effort,” Obama said. “It is going to take quite some time.” Malaysia is also under growing pressure to improve its disclosure about its investigation, although Obama said on Sunday that US authorities had found it to be “fully forthcoming” in sharing information. Najib has said that the government would make public a preliminary report into the plane’s disappearance next week.

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