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U.S. Committed To Strengthening Ties With Malaysia, Hagel Says

Published on 22 January 2014

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Chuck Hagel And Malaysian Minister Of Defense Hishammuddin Tun Hussein
Chuck Hagel And Malaysian Minister Of Defense Hishammuddin Tun Hussein

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (at right) and Malaysian Minister of Defense Hishammuddin Tun Hussein discussed a range of international security issues January 17 at the Pentagon.

During the meeting, Hagel underscored the U.S. commitment to deepening ties to Malaysia, the Defense Department said on its website. The two leaders discussed a range of international security issues, including Afghanistan, North Korea and the role of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in addressing regional security challenges.

Malaysia is an important partner in Southeast Asia that is making valuable contributions to international security both on its own and in partnership with ASEAN. Hagel praised Malaysia's leadership in Southeast Asia, the Pentagon said.

The secretary and the minister also talked about ways to strengthen the defense relationship between the United States and Malaysia, including by enhancing bilateral exercise and training opportunities and exploring expanded defense trade cooperation.

“The two leaders looked forward to meeting again at the upcoming U.S.-ASEAN informal meeting in Hawaii in April,” the Pentagon said.

Above, Hagel greets his Malaysian counterpart at the Pentagon prior to the January 17 meeting.



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Posted 2014-01-22 11:15:00