Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (L) attends a joint press conference with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in Perth, Australia, April 3, 2014. The leaders of Australia and Malaysia stood together Thursday in praising the international operation to search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, and pledged the effort would continue. (Xinhua/Lui Siu Wei/POOL)
CANBERRA, April 3 (Xinhua) -- The leaders of Australia and Malaysia stood together Thursday in praising the international operation to search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, and pledged the effort would continue.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak issued a statement at Royal Australian Air Force Base Pearce, near Perth, after visiting the air crews from the different countries involved in the search over the southern Indian Ocean.
"This is a remarkable international cooperation -- a truly remarkable international cooperation," Abbott said in the statement.
"It's great to be here with my friend and colleague Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia, but it's really good to be here with the service personnel of Australia, of Malaysia, of China, of Japan, of Korea (South Korea), of the United States and of New Zealand," he said.
"To have the military forces of so many countries working together for our common humanity shows what we can do. It shows what we can do and if anyone would ever be unhappy or distraught about the prospects for international peace and harmony this operation is a marvelous antidote to pessimism."
He thanked the personnel for their commitment, professionalism and idealism.
"I am confident that everything that possibly can be done to find this aircraft will be done. We cannot be certain of success, but we can be certain of the professionalism and the effort that will be brought to the task," he said.
Najib, who had reportedly received a briefing at the newly established Joint Action Coordination Center on the search for the aircraft which disappeared on March 8, said he was relieved and thankful that Australia had stepped up and offered assistance in solving "probably the biggest mystery in aviation history thus far. "
"I would also like to thank all the countries involved. It was a very heart-warming experience to be introduced to the leaders of the various countries -- from China, from the United States, from New Zealand, from Japan, from the Republic of Korea, and of course from both Australia and Malaysia," he said.
The grieving families deserved comfort and closure to "this rather tragic event," the Malaysian prime minister said, adding " we want to provide comfort to the families and we will not rest until answers are indeed found."