PM Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and President Barack Obama at their first ever bilateral talks ahead of the Nuclear Security Summit on April 2010. (Photo: Bernama)

The much awaited President Obama first official visit to Malaysia starting next week had been canceled because of the budget standoff in Washington The White House announced on Wednesday.

As reported by The New York Times the statement said: “Due to the government shut-down, President Obama’s travel to Malaysia and the Philippines has been postponed.

“Logistically, it was not possible to go ahead with these trips in the face of a government shut-down. Because they are on the back end of the president’s upcoming trip, our personnel was not yet in place and we were not able to go forward with planning.

“Unlike the APEC and East Asia Summits, these trips can also be rescheduled, and President Obama looks forward to visiting Malaysia and the Philippines later in his term.”

The president will make the trip to Indonesia to attend the APEC summit, where Asian leaders are gathering in Bali to discuss economic issues.