TOKYO – Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has asked his Japanese counterpart to try to convince U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement when they meet in New York this week.
Najib told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday that Malaysia has cleared the way to ratify the agreement. Japan, also part of the 12-nation deal, is in the final stages of getting parliamentary approval for the necessary legislation. But U.S. ratification is unlikely before President Barack Obama leaves office, and Trump has expressed strong opposition to the pact.
Najib urged Abe to explain the significance of the agreement to Trump when they meet Thursday.
Japan also announced that it is providing two patrol vessels to Malaysia to increase its maritime security.