Minister of Defence II Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof received a courtesy call from Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia, United States of America Reed Werner yesterday.
During the call, the Minister of Defence II congratulated Werner on his appointment which took effect by the end of 2019. Both sides affirmed the robust bilateral defence relations, noting various areas of defence and military cooperation including exchange of visits, bilateral military exercises, training opportunities as well United States (US) multilateral engagements in various platforms, including the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus) according to a press statement.
Dr Joseph H Felter III, who was in the position previously, visited Brunei Darussalam in July 2018. As the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia, Werner is responsible for advising the US defence leadership on matters pertaining to the development and implementation of defence policies, strategies and plans in the South and Southeast Asia region.