KUALA LUMPUR, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Malaysia has reiterated that the two Malaysians who are detained at the United States' Guantanamo Bay camp should not be called terrorists before charges, Malaysia's Deputy Foreign Minister A. Kohilan Pillai said.
The two men, Mohd Farik Amin and Mohammed Nazir Lep, could not be called terrorists because they had not been charged with any offense since the Malaysian government was informed of the arrests in 2006, the deputy foreign minister was quoted as saying by local newspaper The Star on Friday.
The Malaysian government was constantly appealing to the U.S. government to send back the two men to face Malaysian legal proceedings, according to the report.
He said that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak had spoken to U.S. President Barack Obama on June 26 when he visited the country and had asked the two detainees to be treated humanely according to international norms.
President Obama welcomed Malaysia's request and said the matter would be referred to the relevant U.S. security authority, the report said.
The Malaysian government will continue to monitor the welfare of the two Malaysians and ensure their return to the country, said Kohilan.