Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook released the following readout:
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter held a bilateral meeting today with Philippine Secretary of National Defense Voltaire Gazmin in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Defense Ministers’ Meeting – Plus (ADMM-Plus).
The secretaries reaffirmed the strength of the U.S.-Philippines alliance and the enduring ties between the two nations.
Secretary Carter welcomed the opportunity to discuss regional security issues with one of our closest allies in the Asia-Pacific, and stressed that the U.S. commitment to defend the Philippines is ironclad.
Release No: NR-422-15
November 3, 2015