Malaysian Prime Minister on Contact with World Leaders for MAS Tragedy

Kuala Lumpur, July 20 (QNA) – Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced today that he had been in contact with some of world leaders to discuses the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH17 tragedy in eastern Ukraine.

Prime Minister Najib said since the crash occurred, he had spoken to Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko, who called for a thorough investigation into the MH17 incident.

Najib had also asked Russian President Vladimir Putin for the need for an international investigation team to be allowed into the crash site.

“President Putin stated that he would use his influence to allow the investigation team to begin work. He also hoped that the Ukraine President would agree to a temporary ceasefire,” Najib said in his Facebook page Sunday.

United States President Barack Obama also called him to extend condolences and they both agreed that an international investigation team be allowed into the crash site and that no one should tamper with any evidence, including the plane’s black box. Obama had also offered assistance to the setting up of an international probe team and reiterated his stand on the good relations between Malaysia and the United States, he noted.

Najib said the United Nations Security Council through its president, Eugene-Richard Gasana also called for a full and independent investigation based on the international civil aviation law. “The Security Council has also impressed upon the parties involved to allow the investigation team to enter the crash site in order to identify the cause of the crash,” he said.

MH17 which was carrying 283 passengers and 15 crew members, is believed to be shot down Thursday by separatists in the Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, while on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.(QNA)

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