Assistant Press Secretary Carl Woog provided the following readout:
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with Malaysian Minister of Defense Dato' Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein today at the Pentagon.
Secretary Hagel underscored the U.S. commitment to deepening ties to Malaysia. 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. Secretary Hagel praised Malaysia's leadership in Southeast Asia.
The secretary and the minister also talked about ways to enhance 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.