Senior U.S. diplomat to attend security forum in Singapore

08:45, June 01, 2011      

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U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg will travel to Singapore to attend the 2011 Shangri-La Dialogue, a forum on defense and security in the Asia- Pacific region, said the State Department in a statement on Tuesday.

He will be in Singapore from Friday to Sunday and give a speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue, said the department.

Steinberg will also hold bilateral meetings with various delegations attending the dialogue, the statement added.

Media reports had said outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates will attend the dialogue.

The Shangri-La Dialogue is an inter-governmental security forum held annually by a Singaporean think tank, the International Institute for Strategic Studies. The dialogue is attended by defense ministers and military chiefs of 28 Asia-Pacific states. The forum gets its name from the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore where it has been held since 2002.

Before traveling to Singapore, Steinberg will visit Hong Kong and meet with Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Chief Executive Donald Tsang, as well as other individuals and organizations.

Steinberg will resign from his post this summer and be replaced by the current Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns.

Source: Xinhua
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