Pentagon Press Secretary George Little provided the following readout:
“Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with Kazakhstan's Minister of Foreign Affairs Erlan Idrissov at the Pentagon today.
“Secretary Hagel praised Kazakhstan for its support for the coalition in Afghanistan and for hosting the Northern Distribution Network (NDN).
“Secretary Hagel reiterated the Defense Department’s desire to continue working with Kazakhstan to further develop the bilateral security relationship. He also reaffirmed the United States’ enduring commitment to security in Afghanistan and the region beyond 2014. Secretary Hagel ended by affirming that our two nations will continue to work closely together to advance our common interests around the world.”