Obama: Malaysia has embraced US help in jet search

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Bala Chandran Tharman, deputy chief of mission at the Malaysian embassy in Beijing speaks to relatives of Chinese passengers onboard the Malaysia Airlines MH370 during a briefing at a hotel in Beijing, China Saturday, April 26, 2014. A number of Chinese relatives still aren’t accepting the theory that the plane crashed in the Indian Ocean. They’re insisting that Malaysian officials haven’t told them the truth. The Chinese characters on the wall reads: “Meet the commitment.” (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Bala Chandran Tharman, deputy chief of mission at the Malaysian embassy in Beijing speaks to relatives of Chinese passengers onboard the Malaysia Airlines MH370 during a briefing at a hotel in Beijing, China Saturday, April 26, 2014. A number of Chinese relatives still aren’t accepting the theory that the plane crashed in the Indian Ocean. They’re insisting that Malaysian officials haven’t told them the truth. The Chinese characters on the wall reads: “Meet the commitment.” (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. has found Malaysia’s government to be eager for assistance and forthcoming during the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines jetliner.

Obama says he understands the heartache of relatives who want answers. He says there should be transparency in what the investigation has and hasn’t turned up.

Obama says the U.S. will continue providing all the assistance. He says Malaysia’s government has been welcoming of that assistance.

Obama was speaking at a press conference Sunday with the prime minister of Malaysia after a private meeting.

The Malaysian government has been criticized for mismanaging the search. Relatives of the passengers protested outside the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing in the past week.

The Boeing 777 was carrying 239 people, mostly Chinese.

Associated Press

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