Senior US Official to Visit Vientam, Brunei, Thailand

Posted June 18th, 2012 at 4:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Department of State says Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, Andrew J. Shapiro, will leave Tuesday for a five-day East Asia tour that will take him to Vietnam, Brunei and Thailand.

A statement issued Monday says the tour will begin in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, where Shapiro will attend the fifth meeting of the U.S.-Vietnam Political, Security and Defense Dialogue. The dialogue will focus — among other things — on enhancing bilateral cooperation in the areas of training, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, regional security, nonproliferation, human rights, and the recovery and repatriation of U.S. service members lost during the Vietnam War.

While in Brunei, Assistant Secretary Shapiro is scheduled to hold talks with senior civilian and military officials on political-military topics, bilateral relations and defense trade issues.

Shapiro will conclude his Asian tour in Bangkok, Thailand, where he is due to discuss joint military exercises and exchanges, counterterrorism and security cooperation.