US Defense Secretary urges closer US-Malaysia ties

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Hagel malaysia shakingUS Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with Malaysian officials in Kuala Lumpur on August 25 and said that the US is committed to strengthening its partnership with Malaysia.

This was Hagel’s first visit to Malaysia as defense secretary, and is part of his inaugural tour of Southeast Asia that will include visits to Indonesia, Brunei and the Philippines.

“Malaysia has been a good friend to the US, and the close security partnership we’ve forged holds great promise for ensuring our shared security and prosperity in the 21st century,” Hagel said in a news conference with Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

“I know President Obama appreciates the close relationship that exists between our two countries,” he added, “and I know he looks forward to his visit here in October to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit,” he added.

Hagel praised Malaysia’s dedication to global security and the involvement of Malaysian troops in United Nations peacekeeping operations, including anti-piracy efforts in the pirate-filled Gulf of Aden and medical assistance in Afghanistan.

Hagel said that “the US is continuing to assist Malaysia’s military as it increases its capabilities in areas like humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, peacekeeping, maritime security and counter-terrorism.” He also announced that the US will be involved in more than 75 exercises with the Malaysian military over the next year, with the goal of helping Malaysia build its military capabilities.

Hagel repeatedly noted that a strong Malaysian military is essential to providing the security services necessary for international trade. The US, as well as the rest of the developed world, has an interest in seeing that the ASEAN region continues to increase its international trade.

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US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with Malaysian officials in Kuala Lumpur on August 25 and said that the US is committed to strengthening its partnership with Malaysia.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Hagel malaysia shakingUS Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with Malaysian officials in Kuala Lumpur on August 25 and said that the US is committed to strengthening its partnership with Malaysia.

This was Hagel’s first visit to Malaysia as defense secretary, and is part of his inaugural tour of Southeast Asia that will include visits to Indonesia, Brunei and the Philippines.

“Malaysia has been a good friend to the US, and the close security partnership we’ve forged holds great promise for ensuring our shared security and prosperity in the 21st century,” Hagel said in a news conference with Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

“I know President Obama appreciates the close relationship that exists between our two countries,” he added, “and I know he looks forward to his visit here in October to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit,” he added.

Hagel praised Malaysia’s dedication to global security and the involvement of Malaysian troops in United Nations peacekeeping operations, including anti-piracy efforts in the pirate-filled Gulf of Aden and medical assistance in Afghanistan.

Hagel said that “the US is continuing to assist Malaysia’s military as it increases its capabilities in areas like humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, peacekeeping, maritime security and counter-terrorism.” He also announced that the US will be involved in more than 75 exercises with the Malaysian military over the next year, with the goal of helping Malaysia build its military capabilities.

Hagel repeatedly noted that a strong Malaysian military is essential to providing the security services necessary for international trade. The US, as well as the rest of the developed world, has an interest in seeing that the ASEAN region continues to increase its international trade.

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