Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook provided the following readout:
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter met today with Lao People’s Democratic Republic Minister of National Defense Lieutenant General Sengnouan Xayalath in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Defense Ministers’ Meeting – Plus (ADMM-Plus). This was the first meeting of the two leaders.
The secretary expressed his support for Laos’ upcoming chairmanship of ASEAN in 2016, and relayed his interest in expanding and deepening bilateral defense cooperation. The two also exchanged views on regional security issues.
Release No: NR-426-15
November 4, 2015