Singapore (VNA) - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis had a meeting with representatives from ASEAN countries on June 4 in Singapore, on the sidelines of the 16th Shangri-La Dialogue.
According to Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Duc Hai, Director of the National Defence Strategy Institute and head of the Vietnamese delegation to the dialogue, ASEAN valued the role of the US in the region.
The discussion saw member countries of the bloc talking about their respective domestic challenges and suggesting measures to strengthen cooperation with the US for regional peace and security.
ASEAN nations expected the US to increase its commitments to the bloc, particularly in the implementation of cooperation mechanism within the framework of the ASEAN Defence Minister’s Meeting Plus (ADMM+).
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