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Release No: 756-13
October 30, 2013

Readout of Secretary Hagel's Meeting with Latvian Minister of Defense Artis Pabriks

Pentagon Press Secretary George Little provided the following readout:

"Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with Latvia's Minister of Defense Artis Pabriks today at the Pentagon.

"Secretary Hagel commended Latvia for its steadfast participation in International Security Assistance Force operations in Afghanistan and for the energy and perspective that Latvia and its Baltic counterparts have brought to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). During the meeting, Secretary Hagel and Minister Pabriks reiterated their countries' commitment to supporting security and stability in Afghanistan post-2014.

"Secretary Hagel also reinforced the United States' commitment to standing together with United States and NATO allies and partners. The leaders affirmed their intent to work together to support regional cooperation, interoperability and long-term defense modernization and acknowledged the important relationship between Latvia and the Michigan National Guard, Latvia's partner in the National Guard's State Partnership Program."