Deputy Secretary Meets With Singapore’s Foreign Affairs Minister
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, May 16, 2014 Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work and K. Shanmugam, Singapore’s foreign affairs minister, discussed a wide-range of issues during a Pentagon meeting yesterday, Defense Department officials said in a statement.
U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, left, greets K. Shanmugam, Singapore’s foreign affairs minister and minister of law, at the Pentagon, May 15, 2014. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
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The discussion included the positive trajectory of the multifaceted U.S.-Singapore relationship and recent developments in the Asia-Pacific region, officials said in a statement summarizing the meeting.
Both leaders noted the importance of enhancing multilateral cooperation, particularly in the areas of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief and multinational antipiracy efforts. Work expressed his appreciation for Singapore hosting the forward deployment of U.S. littoral combat ships and the recent offer by Singapore to establish a regional disaster response crisis center.
Work relayed Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's interest in following up on the success of the U.S.-hosted Association of Southeast Asian Nations Defense Forum held in Hawaii in April, the statement added, and told the minister that the secretary looks forward to attending the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore at the end of May.