U.S. President Barack Obama walks out from a welcome ceremony at Parliament Square in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday. Pic: AP.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — President Barack Obama is in Malaysia for the third stop on a weeklong goodwill trip through Asia.

Obama’s arrival Saturday afternoon in Kuala Lumpur makes him the first American president to travel to Malaysia in more than four decades.

During the two-day state visit, Obama will meet with Prime Minister Najib Razak, be honored at a state dinner at the National Palace and hold a town hall-style forum with young people.

Malaysia most recently attracted worldwide attention following the March 8 disappearance of a commercial airliner with 239 people on board. Officials were preparing to widen the search area in a remote part of the ocean as Obama was arriving in Malaysia.

Lyndon B. Johnson was the last American president to visit Malaysia. That visit was in October 1966.