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Malaysia says Obama cancels visit due to shutdown

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October 2, 2013 02:16 AM EST | AP


KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's leader says President Barack Obama has canceled a planned visit next week because of the partial U.S. government shutdown.

Prime Minister Najib Razak says Obama called to inform him Wednesday that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will represent the president to address an entrepreneurship conference in Kuala Lumpur on Oct. 11.

Obama is scheduled to leave Saturday night for what was originally a four-nation tour that includes Indonesia, Brunei and the Philippines. The trip is part of Obama's broader focus on boosting U.S. economic ties with Asia.

Obama was to have been the first U.S. president to visit Malaysia since Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966.

The shutdown took effect Tuesday after Congress missed its deadline to fund the government.