Pentagon Press Secretary George Little provided the following readout:
"Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with Kazakhstan's Minister of Defense Adilbek Dzhaksybekov today at the Pentagon.
"Secretary Hagel recognized Kazakhstan's continued support to the Northern Distribution Network and stabilization efforts in Afghanistan.
"Secretary Hagel emphasized U.S. and Kazakhstan's shared interest in maintaining stability in Afghanistan, and the entire Central Asian region, after 2014 through our existing political, economic, and security commitments.
"Secretary Hagel stressed the mutual desire for a strategic partnership based on shared interests such as counterterrorism and defense modernization."