Stories of the Day, Panetta in Cambodia Edition

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The AP says:

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday that the U.S. would participate in three Southeast Asian military exercises next year.

Panetta was in Cambodia for talks with his counterparts from 10 Southeast Asian nations in advance of President Barack Obama’s visit next week.

The defense chief said the exercises will be a humanitarian and disaster relief exercise hosted by Brunei; a counterterrorism exercise co-sponsored by the US and Indonesia; and a maritime security exercise led by Malaysia and Australia.

The New York Times reports:

The United States on Friday reaffirmed its military ties with the authoritarian government of Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia, a former Khmer Rouge commander, but Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta also warned the country about its long record of human rights abuses.

An American Forces Press Service item is here. And a story from VOA is here.