Defence Secretary Philip Hammond held discussions with his Malaysian counterpart earlier over the ongoing search on Tioman Island for missing Briton, Gareth Huntley. Mr Hammond sought re-assurances that the authorities have what they need for the search.
He spoke to his Malaysian Counterpart, Mr Hishammuddin, while attending the 13th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Asia Security Summit, known as the “Shangri-La Dialogue”.
I raised the ongoing search on Tioman Island with the Malaysian Government to check they have all the resources they require.
They assure me that they do and that they are doing everything they can to find Gareth.
We will continue to keep in regular contact with the Malaysian Civil authorities leading the search.
Whilst in Singapore, Mr Hammond also visited HMS Echo at the UK Naval installation at Sembawang. The ship is on her way back from deployment in the Southern Indian Ocean where it had been searching for the missing Malaysian airliner MH370.