French president Jacques Chirac has endorsed the positions of Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Burma and Iraq.
The two leaders met in Kuala Lumpur Tuesday during a stopover by Mr. Chirac on his way to French territories in the Pacific.
Afterward, they told reporters they agreed on the need for Burma's military government to release democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and said Asian-style democracy, rather than heavy Western pressure, should be used to achieve that end.
Mr. Mohamad has also said Burma should be expelled from the Association of South East Asian Nations if it fails to free the democracy leader and her associates.
The two leaders also discussed the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq that took place earlier this year. France and Malaysia were both strongly opposed to the military action.
Information for this report is provided by AP.