Obama, Malaysia prime minister discuss missing jet

Bala Chandran Tharman, deputy chief of mission at the Malaysian embassy in Beijing speaks to relatives of Chinese passengers onboard the Malaysia Airlines MH370 during a briefing at a hotel in Beijing, China Saturday, April 26, 2014. A number of Chinese relatives still aren't accepting the theory that the plane crashed in the Indian Ocean. They're insisting that Malaysian officials haven't told them the truth. The Chinese characters on the wall reads: "Meet the commitment." (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — President Barack Obama says he and Malaysia's prime minister are discussing "lessons learned" in the wake of the disappearance of a Malaysian Airlines jetliner.

Obama says the U.S. will continue providing all the assistance possible in the search for the plane that hasn't been seen since it left Kuala Lumpur for Beijing seven weeks ago.

Obama was speaking at a press conference Sunday with the prime minister of Malaysia after a private meeting. He says they talked about how nations can improve cooperation on searches going forward.

The Boeing 777 was carrying 239 people, mostly Chinese.

The Malaysian government has been criticized for mismanaging the search, now focused in the Indian Ocean off Australia.

Relatives of the passengers protested outside the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing in the past week.