KUALA LUMPUR, April 1 (Xinhua) -- A special briefing session will be held here for the families of missing flight MH370 on Wednesday, a statement from the Malaysian Transport Ministry said on Tuesday.
"The Department of Civil Aviation and Malaysia Airlines will lead the briefing, which will be moderated by the Prime Minister's Special Envoy to China. Technical experts from Malaysia, China and Australia will participate in the briefing, and the Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia will attend," the statement said.
The closed-door meeting comes as the Malaysian government attempts to reduce tension with the families who have been increasingly flying into the Malaysian capital demanding direct information from the authorities.
Previously Malaysia's Acting Transport Minister Hishamuddin Hussein told reporters that the special briefing will also be telecast live to Beijing so dozens of families in the Chinese capital can also receive the same information in real time.
Hishamuddin himself is in the United States Pacific Command in Hawaii while Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will fly to Perth on Wednesday to observe search operations first hand.
Hishamuddin is attending the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Defense Ministers' Meeting, which will be held from April 1-3. The meeting is being convened by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
"On behalf of the Malaysian government, I will share with my ASEAN counterparts, and the government of the United States, the latest developments regarding the search for MH370. I will convey to our ASEAN neighbors and the United States Malaysia's utmost appreciation for their invaluable help in the multi-national search effort," he told reporters on Monday.
"I will also use this opportunity to discuss the possibility of deploying more specific military assets, in the event that we need to embark on a more complex phase of the operation. I shall be discussing with the United States, and our other friends and allies, how best we can acquire the assets needed for possible deep sea search and recovery."
Under pressure from media, the Malaysian government has consistently insisted that they have shared as much information as the investigative procedure has allowed and has agreed to release more information if possible within the next few days.
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