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Release No: 609-13
August 27, 2013

Readout of Secretary Hagel’s Calls with U.K. and French Defense Leaders

           Pentagon Press Secretary George Little provided the following readout:

           Today, while traveling in Southeast Asia, Secretary Hagel spoke by phone with United Kingdom Secretary of State for Defense Phillip Hammond and French Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian. In the conversations, Secretary Hagel conveyed that the United States is committed to working with the international community to respond to the outrageous chemical attacks that have claimed the lives of innocent civilians in Syria. He condemned the violence carried out by the Syrian regime and stated that the United States military is prepared for any contingency involving Syria. Finally, Secretary Hagel pledged to continue close coordination with the British and French defense forces.

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