Ahli kongres Amerika Syarikat, Faleomavaega dari American Samoa dalam satu ucapannya pada 24 Julai yang lepas telah memuji diplomasi yang digunakan oleh PM Malaysia, Najib Razak dengan pihak pemisah di Ukraine.
Beliau berucap semasa sidang kongres dan ucapan itu telah dimuatnaik di laman web http://capitolwords.org. Dalam ucapan itu beliau berkata Najib telah meletakkan satu standard diplomasi di peringkat antarabangsa apabila secara peribadi terlibat dalam rundingab dengan pihak pemisah di Ukraine bagi menuntut mayat dan kotak hitam pesawat MH17 yang ditembak.
Berikut ialah teks ucapan asal yang diekstrak dari laman web capitolwords.org
Del. Eni F. H. Faleomavaega
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to commend Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia for his leadership in negotiating the release of the remains of the victims killed in the downing of flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine.
Prime Minister Najib held a series of secret talks with the separatists to broker an agreement for the return of the bodies and the promise of safe passage for recovery teams going to the crash site. He also secured the return of the black boxes of flight MH17 so that a full investigation may ensue.
Prime Minister Najib's personal involvement in the negotiations sets the standard for diplomacy around the world. I commend Prime Minister Najib for not leaving negotiations to aides.
Some matters in life are sacred, and I am pleased that Prime Minister Najib recognized this situation as such. I thank him for setting aside politics for a higher purpose--to return the bodies of fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters to the families who lost and loved them. I praise him for doing what others would not or could not.
My thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been affected by this tragedy. After a full and fair investigation, I am hopeful that those responsible will be held accountable.