The Malaysian prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said he had done his level best with the MH17 incident by achieving something that had never been done before, that is, communicating with the rebel leader.

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“So, (in) our foreign policy, we communicate with the major powers, we also have relations with the developing countries, in fact, we also negotiate with the rebel groups because we believe in whatever that is good.

“If I had not played this role, it would have been impossible for us to retrieve the remains (of the MH17 victims) to be received by their beloved family members.”

Najib said he had made the effort because when he met the families of the victims personally, he was deeply touched and saddened, thus he had promised to do whatever he could to bring back the remains of the victims of the MH17 crash.

“So, I appealed to the rebel group without promising anything in return… I did not pay even a single sen. I said please and they said they would help and hand over the black box and remains of the victims to the Malaysian team.”

He said that from his observation, the MH17 and MH370 tragedies had clearly shown the unity of the people in facing the sadness of the nation by rejecting political differences regardless or religion and race.

“The incident should be taken as a lesson for everyone.

“When the nation is tested by various challenges, as the head of the government I appeal for your help… together we build an excellent future for the Muslims.” – Bernama, August 28, 2014.

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