'It is a vital strait not just locally but internationally. It is one that we all have an interest in,' the chief of US naval operations, Admiral Michael Mullen, told reporters.
'As we are developing future capabilities, certainly we are willing to share those with the Malaysian navy,' he said.
Mullen said he had earlier met his Malaysian counterpart, Ilyas Din, to discuss the challenges faced in enforcing security in the strait which borders Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.
'I spent a considerable amount of time with Ilyas to review (security in the strait) and where we can help do that -- whether it is training or the kinds of procedures that might be beneficial to both of us,' he said.
Monday, July 17, 2006