U.S. to expand cooperation with Malaysian military: U.S. admiral

08:33, June 02, 2011      

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U.S. Admiral Robert F. Willard said in Kala Lumpur Wednesday that the United States would improve and expand its military cooperation with Malaysia in its effort to help protect the Asia Pacific region.

Willard, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, who was here to give talks at the 25th Asia Pacific Roundtable, said he has met with Malaysian Armed Forces chief Azizan Ariffin, as both talked about ways to contribute to the security of Asia Pacific region.

"Malaysia and the U.S. already conducted training together," Willard said. "I think it is important that Malaysia decides how and where the military cooperation expands and improves."

He commended Malaysia for its "very accomplished military in the region" and its increased participation in the "Cobra Gold" military exercise in Thailand.

The biennial exercise also involves the U.S., Singapore, the Philippines and Thailand.

Willard said Asia Pacific was a strategically crucial part of the world and the U.S. Pacific Command will continue to play its role to keep the maritime and sea lanes safe for use.

Source: Xinhua
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