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Release No: NR-271-14
May 30, 2014

Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's Meeting with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby provided the following readout:

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met today with Prime Minister Lee to discuss recent events in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as the defense relationship between the United States and Singapore.

The secretary thanked Prime Minister Lee for Singapore's continued leadership in the region, particularly with respect to Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). He also thanked the prime minister for Singapore's role in hosting the annual Shangri-La Dialogue, underscoring the growing importance of such meetings as the region continues to face shared challenges.

The two leaders discussed recent events in the South and East China Seas and reiterated the need for any disputes to be resolved in a peaceful manner consistent with international law and that respects the principle of freedom of navigation.

Finally, Secretary Hagel discussed the United States continued and deep commitment to the security and prosperity of the region.

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