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.”