Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
August 29, 2013

Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs William R. Brownfield will visit the Philippines, Burma, Thailand, and Japan from September 1-10.

He will travel to the Philippines on September 1-4 to discuss criminal justice sector capacity-building, anti-corruption initiatives, and counternarcotics efforts with Philippine officials and civil society representatives. Assistant Secretary Brownfield will deliver remarks at the opening ceremony of a training exercise for the Philippine National Police Maritime Group Special Boat Unit. On September 4, Assistant Secretary Brownfield and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac will participate in a press conference at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila to discuss U.S. - Philippine cooperation on counternarcotics and other INL programming.

Assistant Secretary Brownfield will then travel to Burma on September 4-6 to highlight Burmese and U.S. commitment to joint efforts on counternarcotics and rule of law reforms. He will emphasize the importance of the Burmese government’s commitment to security sector reform and adherence to internationally recognized human rights. He will meet with Burmese officials, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs, and with minority party leaders. Assistant Secretary Brownfield will participate in a roundtable with media on September 6.

Next, the Assistant Secretary will travel to Thailand on September 9 to discuss law enforcement cooperation and wildlife trafficking with Thai officials.

Finally, to strengthen our cooperation with another leading donor on rule of law issues, Assistant Secretary Brownfield will meet with Japanese officials to discuss international and bilateral cooperation in Tokyo on September 10.

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PRN: 2013/1044