Pentagon Press Secretary George Little provided the following readout:
“Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and the Malaysian Minister of Defence Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein met June 2 during the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. Secretary Hagel congratulated Minister Hishammuddin on his recent appointment as Defence Minister.
“Bilateral defense cooperation with Malaysia continues to grow -- particularly through exercises, trainings, and interoperability -- and reflects the importance each country places on the strengthening relationship. During the meeting, both leaders emphasized the importance of working bilaterally and multilaterally towards greater stability in Southeast Asia and beyond. They also discussed cyber issues and transnational threats. Secretary Hagel received a generous invitation to visit Malaysia and accepted.
“Secretary Hagel thanked Minister Hishammuddin for Malaysian Armed Forces medical personnel who will continue to play an important role contributing to stability in Afghanistan.”