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Release No: NR-048-13
December 05, 2013

Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's Call with United Arab Emirates Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed

Assistant Press Secretary Carl Woog provided the following readout:

Secretary Hagel spoke to United Arab Emirates Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed on his flight to Bahrain to deliver remarks at the Manama Dialogue. Secretary Hagel underscored the U.S. commitment to the security of the United Arab Emirates and its allies and partners in the Gulf. Secretary Hagel and the crown prince discussed a range of shared security challenges in the region, including Iran and Syria, and agreed to continue to cooperate closely on these and other mutual interests over the next several months. Secretary Hagel underscored the United States commitment to preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and noted that the joint action plan recently agreed to between the P5+1 and Iran is a first, good step towards advancing that commitment. Secretary Hagel and the crown prince agreed to continue close consultation.

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