Shangri-La Dialogue:

US reaffirms commitment to Southeast Asian countries

Friday, 2022-06-10 22:12:23
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US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin (Photo: AFP/VNA)
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NDO/VNA - US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin on June 10 reaffirmed to his Southeast Asian counterparts Washington's strong commitment to the region through the maintenance of an open, inclusive and rules-based security environment.

The US official had an informal meeting on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue, a high-level security summit taking place in Singapore from June 10-12.

According to a release from Singapore's Ministry of Defence (Mindef), Austin said the US will continue to deepen cooperation with ASEAN, particularly in the area of maritime security.

It will also play a strong role in the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting Plus (ADMM+), an annual forum of the regional bloc and its eight partner countries.

The Southeast Asian defence ministers, except for Myanmar's, who is not attending the meeting - welcomed the US' continued engagement of the region, said Mindef.

Singapore's Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen also reaffirmed the principles that underpin the strong US-ASEAN relationship, and showed his country’s aspiration to enhance cooperation with the US to tackle transnational security challenges.