Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook provided the following readout:
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter met with Indonesian Minister of Defense Ryamizard Ryacudu today in Singapore, on the margins of the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue.
The two leaders exchanged views on the regional security environment in Southeast Asia and recent progress in multilateral security cooperation. Secretary Carter also discussed opportunities for increased regional operational cooperation, and expressed his appreciation to Minister Ryamizard for Indonesia’s continued contributions to regional security.
They discussed the need for peaceful resolution of disputes in the South China Sea in accordance with international law, and Secretary Carter noted that the UNCLOS Arbitral Tribunal ruling on the Philippines-China claims will be binding on both parties.
Finally, Secretary Carter reiterated the importance of continuing to strengthen defense ties with Indonesia in combating transnational threats.
Secretary Carter and Minister Ryamizard looked forward to the U.S.-ASEAN Defense Informal that is planned for late September in Hawaii.
Release No: NR-195-16
June 03, 2016