Secretary Esper to start Asia tour next week

WASHINGTON, US Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper will embark on a tour of South Korea, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam as from Wednesday, November 13.

“In South Korea, Secretary Esper will attend the 51st US- ROK Security Consultative Meeting where he will meet with his counterpart and other senior South Korean officials to discuss the Alliance,” a Pentagon statement said on Thursday.

He will also “reaffirm our commitment to enhancing our bilateral defense cooperation to address issues of mutual importance to the security and stability of the Korean Peninsula and the Indo-Pacific region.” “Secretary Esper will visit Thailand next where he will participate in the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus).

“While there, Secretary Esper will meet with key leaders to strengthen defense relationships and conduct meetings with senior officials,” according to the statement.

“In the Philippines, Secretary Esper will meet with his Philippine counterpart to advance the alliance as well as strengthen regional security cooperation to uphold international rules and norms. “In Vietnam, Secretary Esper will meet with his counterpart and other key leaders to discuss the regional security environment and ways to enhance the growing defense relationship,” it added.

Source: Kuwait News Agency