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Release No: NR-280-14
May 31, 2014

Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's Meeting with Malaysian Minister of Defense Dato' Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby provided the following readout:

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met today with Malaysian Minister of Defense Dato' Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

The two leaders met on the sidelines of the annual Shangri-La Dialogue, a major annual forum for key leaders in the Asia-Pacific region to discuss security challenges and opportunities.

The discussion covered a wide range of security issues of mutual concern, to include ongoing tensions in the East and South China Seas and America's rebalance to the region. Minister Hishammuddin thanked Secretary Hagel for his continued support to ongoing search efforts for Malaysia Air 370.

Secretary Hagel thanked the minister for his support of the strong relationship between our two militaries and for Malaysia's contributions to Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and other productive regional relationships.

The secretary reaffirmed the United States' commitment to the Asia-Pacific. And both leaders agreed on the need for continued dialogue and cooperation across the region through exercises, exchanges and operations. 

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