Immediate Release

Statement From Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby on Upcoming Secretary of Defense Travel

July 19, 2021

Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby provided the following statement:

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III departs on a trip Friday, July 23 to visit Alaska, Singapore, Hanoi, and Manila. 

In Singapore, Secretary Austin will participate in the Fullerton Lecture Series, hosted by The International Institute for Strategic Studies.  

Throughout his trip, Secretary Austin will meet with key leaders to reaffirm defense relationships and conduct bilateral meetings with senior officials.

Secretary Austin’s visit will demonstrate the importance the Biden-Harris Administration places on Southeast Asia and on ASEAN as an essential part of the Indo-Pacific’s architecture. This trip will underscore the enduring U.S. commitment to the region, and our interest in upholding the rules-based international order in the region and promoting ASEAN centrality.