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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 197-13
April 01, 2013

Readout of Meeting with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore

            Pentagon Press Secretary George Little provided the following readout: 

            "Secretary Hagel was delighted to host Prime Minister Lee of Singapore for a working lunch at the Pentagon today. 

            "The meeting was an opportunity for Secretary Hagel to hear the Prime Minister's views on regional security issues including how nations can work with one another to peacefully resolve territorial issues in the East and South China Seas. 

            "Secretary Hagel thanked the Prime Minister for Singapore's strong ties of friendship and close collaboration on a number of shared interests including Afghanistan, counter-piracy and counter-proliferation efforts.  The secretary thanked the Prime Minister for hosting up to four forward-deployed Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) on a rotational basis in Singapore.  The first of these ships, the USS Freedom, is currently en route to Singapore and will arrive later this month. 

            "Secretary Hagel made clear the United States and the Department of Defense remain committed to the rebalance towards the Asia-Pacific region and that in the future there will be even more opportunities for closer collaboration between the United States and Singapore. 

            "Finally, Secretary Hagel accepted an invitation from the Prime Minister to travel to Singapore for the Shangri-La dialogue next month.  Secretary Hagel looks forward to visiting with allies and partners from around the region and addressing the conference."

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