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Release No: 672-13
September 19, 2013

Readout of Secretary Hagel's call with Libya's Minister of Defense Abdullah al-Thani

Pentagon Press Secretary George Little provided the following readout:

This morning Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel spoke by phone with newly appointed Libyan Minister of Defense Abdullah al-Thani.

Secretary Hagel highlighted the United States' support to Libya and its people during its transition. The two leaders discussed how the United States military can assist training for Libyan security forces and strengthening regional security through stability and rule of law.

Secretary Hagel and Minister al-Thani expressed their appreciation for both countries' commitment to deepening the U.S.-Libyan relationship, and agreed to continue efforts to strengthen military cooperation.