Pentagon Press Secretary George Little provided the following readout:
“Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter met with Rachid Sabbagh, minister of defense of Tunisia, today at the Pentagon as part of the 27th annual United States and Tunisia Joint Military Commission from May 28 to 30, 2013.
“Secretary Hagel welcomed Minister Sabbagh to Washington and emphasized his commitment to the U.S.-Tunisian defense relationship. The secretary said he was pleased with the continued military-to-military cooperation between the countries and emphasized the need for future cooperation in light of shared interests and security challenges in the region.
“Deputy Secretary Carter expressed gratitude for the continued support Tunisia has provided to the U.S. embassy in Tunis in the aftermath of the September 14, 2012 attack and for the continued cooperation between both countries on a wide range of mutual security issues.”