KUALA LUMPUR Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Sunday that he and U.S. President Barack Obama agreed to upgrade the two countries' ties to a "comprehensive partnership."
"This marks a new phase in our relationship, with greater collaboration in economy, security, education, science, technology," Najib told a joint news conference with Obama following their discussion.
"We also decided to reinfigure senior officials' dialogues as a key forum for high-level discussion."
Najib also said that the two leaders, in a discussion about territorial tensions in the South China Sea, had agreed on the importance of upholding international law.
(Reporting by Matt Spetalnick and Mark Felsenthal; Writing by Stuart Grudgings; Editing by Kim Coghill)