Department of State
Office of the Spokesperson
For Immediate Release
May 29, 2019
Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper travels to Singapore, India, and Sri Lanka May 29-June 7, 2019.
In Singapore, Assistant Secretary Cooper will join Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Andrea L. Thompson on a delegation of senior U.S. officials led by Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan for the Shangri-La Dialogue, a forum for exchanges among defense and security policy professionals from across the Indo-Pacific region. Assistant Secretary Cooper will also meet with senior civilian and military officials from countries around the globe to discuss U.S. partnerships in regional security, maritime security, and defense trade efforts that contribute to a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.
In India, Assistant Secretary Cooper will hold talks on defense cooperation and peacekeeping, two key areas of the rapidly growing U.S.-India partnership as envisioned in the Administration’s Indo-Pacific Strategy. U.S.-India bilateral defense trade has risen from virtually zero in 2008 to $15 billion today. Talks will focus on supporting India’s role as a Major Defense Partner, expanding our security cooperation, and furthering opportunities for American industry.
In Sri Lanka, Assistant Secretary Cooper will meet with government officials and think tank experts to discuss security, peacekeeping, clearance of landmines and unexploded ordnance, counterterrorism, and other areas of mutual interest.
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