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US, Malaysian Leaders Enjoy Round of Golf

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President Barack Obama and Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak walk off 18th hole while playing a round of golf at the Clipper Golf course on Marine Corps Base Hawaii during Obama's Christmas holiday vacation in Kaneohe, Hawaii, December 24, 2014.

President Barack Obama and Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak walk off 18th hole while playing a round of golf at the Clipper Golf course on Marine Corps Base Hawaii during Obama's Christmas holiday vacation in Kaneohe, Hawaii, December 24, 2014.

President Barack Obama played golf Wednesday with a new and distinguished playing partner - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Both Obama and Najib are vacationing in Hawaii, the U.S. president's birthplace.

The two leaders played a round of Christmas Eve golf at the Marine Corps base in Kaneohe Bay, along with two of Obama's aides.

The White House released a statement saying the duo "took the opportunity to discuss the growing and warming relationship between the United States and Malaysia," and that the president looked forward to working with Najib next year, when Malaysia takes over the chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

President Obama visited Malaysia earlier this year, making him the first sitting U.S. president to visit the country in nearly 50 years.

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