ET: KUALA LAMPUR: US Secretary of State John Kerry lauded Malaysia Friday as a modern, innovative and multi-faith model for the world, heaping praise on a country the United States regards as a valuable Muslim ally.
On the final day of a curtailed Asian tour in which he has filled in for President Barack Obama, Kerry said Malaysia’s young people were an inspiration for the Arab Spring.
“Here in Malaysia, people of different heritages have been in conversation for a long time,” Kerry said in a speech to mainly young entrepreneurs in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.
“You see it in the open houses you host during holidays, welcoming people of different faiths into your living rooms.”
Kerry cited the symbolism of Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Towers – the world’s tallest twin skyscrapers – having blended modern engineering, traditional Muslim design, Malaysian vision, a US architect and Asian builders.