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Release No: 601-13
August 21, 2013

Readout of Secretary Hagel's Meeting With Georgia’s Minister of Defense Irakli Alasania

           Pentagon Press Secretary George Little provided the following readout:

           “Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Georgian Minister of Defense Irakli Alasania met today at the Pentagon.

           “Secretary Hagel acknowledged Georgia’s continuing contribution to International Security Assistance Force, and thanked Minister Alasania for the sacrifices Georgia’s soldiers and their families are making.

           “Secretary Hagel praised Georgia’s efforts to enhance civilian oversight of the armed forces, as these actions are a strong example of democratic progress through defense reform.

           “Secretary Hagel expressed United States support for Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration efforts, and highlighted its holding fair elections and continuing to consolidate democratic gains as effective measures to advance those efforts.

            “The two leaders agreed to continue to broaden United States-Georgian defense cooperation.”