Obama calls leaders of Malaysia and Ukraine
US President Barack Obama has called Malaysian Prime Minister and his Ukrainian counterpart to discuss the situation
Washington: US President Barack Obama has called Malaysian Prime Minister and his Ukrainian counterpart to discuss the situation of Malaysian plane crash in the war-torn eastern Ukraine that killed nearly 300 people.
Obama also had a teleconference with his national security team yesterday to confer with them the crash of the plane, which US Vice President Joe Biden believes was apparently shot down.
“A Malaysian aircraft heading from Western Europe to Kuala Lumpur as it crossed or was near the border of Ukraine and Russia apparently has been shot down shot down, not an accident, blown out of the sky,” Biden said.
Obama convened a conference call with Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the tragic loss of the airline.
“Upon arrival in New York City, the President convened a call with Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the tragic loss of the Malaysian Airlines flight. Afterward, the President convened a secure call with senior members of his national security team to receive an update on the tragic loss of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.
During the conference call Obama was briefed on efforts to support the Ukrainian government and a prompt international investigation into the tragedy.
“The President directed his national security team to continue offering whatever assistance is necessary to advance the international effort to determine what happened,” he said.
In his call with Prime Minister Mohd Najib Tun Razak, Obama expressed condolences to the Malaysian families who lost their loved ones in the tragic event.
“The President told the Prime Minister that United States has offered immediate assistance to support a prompt international investigation. President Obama reaffirmed the strength of the friendship between the US and Malaysia and underscored that the US stands ready to provide any assistance or support necessary,” the White House said.
Obama also spoke with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to discuss the tragic crash of the flight.
“Poroshenko welcomed the assistance of international investigators to ensure a thorough and transparent investigation of the crash site,” the White House said, adding that Obama assured him that US experts will offer all possible assistance immediately.