MANAMA, BAHRAIN, Nov 20 – Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III met on November 20 with Malaysian Minister of Defense Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Hussein at the 17th annual International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Manama Dialogue in Bahrain.
Secretary Austin congratulated Minister Hishammuddin on his recent appointment as Minister of Defense, reiterated his support for a strong and enduring U.S.-Malaysia defense partnership, and welcomed closer cooperation between the two countries.
Secretary Austin noted that the strategic partnership between the United States and Malaysia is strengthened by shared democratic values and principles.
Austin also met with senior government officials from Bahrain, Iraq, Iraqi Kurdistan, Indonesia and Kenya affirming the strength defense partnerships and discussing joint priorities in the Middle East.
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