US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel will make a three-day visit to Malaysia by this weekend, beginning his tour of four Southeast Asian countries.

Malaysia’s news agency Bernama quoted a news release issued by the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur as saying that Hagel will stay in Malaysia from Aug 24 to 26 before a two-day visit to Jakarta , Indonesia .

From Jakarta , Hagel will arrive in Brunei , where he plans to meet the ASEAN Defence Ministers at their annual retreat on August 28 and participate in the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting Plus (ADMM+) one day later.

The US Secretary of Defence is to conclude his trip in Manila, the Philippines, on August 29 and return to Washington on August 30.-VNA