The Loop’s On-the-One-Hand, On-the-Other-Hand award this week goes to State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki for her deft handling of Tuesday’s distressing news out of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The Malaysian high court upheld a lower court ruling against Anwar Ibrahim, the nation’s opposition leader and former deputy prime minister. Ibrahim was sentenced to five years in prison on a sodomy conviction. He has long held that the charges are politically motivated.

Psaki, addressing the ruling, said Washington “is deeply disappointed and concerned by the rejection of Anwar Ibrahim’s final appeal and his conviction.”

She noted that the United States “has followed the trial … closely. The decision to prosecute him and his trial have raised serious concerns regarding the rule of law and the independence of the court.”

She said the United States and Malaysia “have a strong partnership, and in the context of this relationship, we have regularly raised our serious concerns regarding the Anwar case with Malaysian officials and emphasized that fairness, transparency and the rule of law are essential to promoting confidence in Malaysia’s judicial system and democracy.”

So there’s that.

On the other hand, she noted that retired Gen. John Allen and Ambassador Brett McGurk “were in Kuala Lumpur today, where they met with” Malaysia’s defense minister and deputy foreign minister. Allen and McGurk talked about defeating the Islamic State, she said, adding that Malaysia “is a close counterterrorism partner of the United States and has already taken important steps to halt flows of foreign fighters and combat ISIL’s messaging.”

So there’s that.

It’s a “complex relationship,” she added. Indeed.