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US welcomes release of Malaysian political leader Anwar

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

The US has welcomed the release from prison and the full pardon of Malaysian political and said that it looks forward to working with the new government in

Anwar, 70, walked free yesterday after receiving a royal pardon over a sodomy conviction, paving the way for his return to national as the presumptive successor to Mahathir Mohammed, the world's oldest at 92.

State Department said: "The welcomes the release from prison and the full pardon of Malaysian political His conviction and detention raised serious concerns about the rule of law in Malaysia".

"We are glad that he has been reunited with his family.

"We look forward to working with the new government in to further strengthen the US-Comprehensive Partnership," Nauert said.

The release of Anwar came soon after the historic win of Mahathir in recent elections.

Mahathir became after leading a four-party alliance in the election campaign.

Mahathir is the of the alliance and Anwar is its de-facto leader. Anwar's wife, Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, is currently the

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 08:45 IST
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