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NEWS | May 24, 2024

Secretary of Defense Travel to Singapore, Cambodia, and France

U.S. Department of Defense

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III will depart next week for a trip to Singapore, Cambodia, and France.

As part of his tenth official visit to the Indo-Pacific region, Secretary Austin will deliver plenary remarks at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. While there, he is slated to meet with Singapore's new Prime Minister and other senior Singaporean officials, convene a multilateral meeting of his counterparts from Southeast Asia, and participate in a Trilateral Ministerial Meeting (TMM) with his counterparts from Japan and the Republic of Korea. He is also planning to meet bilaterally with other counterparts from across the Indo-Pacific region and with Admiral Dong Jun, Minister of National Defense of the People's Republic of China (PRC), following their April 16 discussion via video teleconference.

While in Cambodia, the Secretary will meet with senior officials following his November 2022 visit to Phnom Penh for the ASEAN Defense Minister's Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus).

Secretary Austin's tenth trip to the Indo-Pacific comes as the Department of Defense continues to strengthen U.S. relationships with allies and partners in support of a shared regional vision for peace, stability, and deterrence.

Secretary Austin will conclude his trip in France, where he will mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day by participating in several commemorative events.