Speaking at an intellectual discourse,
He said the country's economic and social achievements and its tradition of religious pluralism stood out among Muslim-majority countries in the world.
"I believe that the Malaysian example demonstrates clearly the capacity for Islam to assume once again the leadership role it played among the world's civilisations."
Tracing back Washington-Kuala Lumpur long relationship, LaFleur said that US supported
Malaysiatoo, he said, had backed the USin the Vietnam War and sent military personnel there to assist the during the Cold War period. US
"I believe this shows that even in the earliest years of
LaFleur said the ties between the US and Malaysia were based on a variety of common interests -- political, defence and security, in the fight against terrorism and in the economic, cultural and educational fields.
"And where we do have common interests, it's not a one-way thing favouring either side but a strong, mutually beneficial relationship that profits both sides," he added.
LaFleur stressed that the strong common economic ties could become even stronger with a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) which both were currently negotiating.
Later speaking to Bernama, LaFleur said that America-Malaysia relationships had matured a lot compared to at the beginning of establishing diplomatic ties.
"We have a very good bilateral relations...and our leaders in fact get together more often since the current Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi) and our President (George W.Bush) took office.
"Obviously, we don't agree on everything and we have frank dialogue...we respect very much what the Prime Minister (Abdullah) is attempting to do in encouraging the economic and social development in the Islamic world.
And, we also respect the fact that