United States and Malaysia would continue to boost military ties and more cooperation 2508133
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|Sunday, August 25, 2013 03:53 PM|
|United States and Malaysia would continue to boost military ties and more cooperation.|
United States and Malaysian defence officials said Sunday, August 25, 2013, that the two countries would continue to boost military ties and eyes on more areas for cooperation. Speaking at a joint press conference with his Malaysian counterpart Hishammuddin Hussein, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said the United States is committed to strengthening the military partnership with Malaysia.
United States Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel (R) exchanges gifts with his Malaysian counterpart Hishammuddin Hussein at the end of a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Aug. 25, 2013.
"U.S. is committed to continuing to assist Malaysia's military, as it increases its capability in areas like humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, peace keeping, maritime security and counter terrorism,"he said.
The United States will conduct more than 75 activities, exchanges and visits with the Malaysian military this year."All designed to boost its capability, and help it become a more professional and flexible force,"he added.
Hagel said he and Hishammuddin discussed future areas of cooperation, such as expanding defence trade and technology collaboration as well as information sharing.
Hagel is on a week-long trip to Southeast Asia, during which he will also visit Indonesia, the Philippines and attend the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting in Brunei.