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Release No: 455-12
June 02, 2012

Readout of Secretary Panetta’s Meeting with Malaysia’s Minister of Defence at Shangri-La

            Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs George Little provided the following readout: 

            “U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and the Malaysian Minister of Defence Dato’ Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi met June 2 during the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. 

            “Bilateral defense cooperation with this important partner in the region has grown in recent years.  During the meeting, both leaders stated that with a renewed focus on Asia as part of the U.S. defense strategy, they look forward to strengthening the U.S.-Malaysia military-to-military relationship including expanding multilateral exercises.  

            “Secretary Panetta thanked Minister Zahid for Malaysian Armed Forces medical personnel who continue to play an important role contributing to stability in Afghanistan.”