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Release No: NR-099-13
December 29, 2013

Readout of Secretary Hagel's Call with Egyptian Minister of Defense General Al-Sisi

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby provided the following readout:

"Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel called Egyptian Minister of Defense General Al-Sisi today to discuss recent events in Egypt.

"Secretary Hagel expressed his condolences for the loss of life and injuries from the bombings in Mansoura, Nasr City, and Sharkiya province. The Secretary condemned the attacks and offered the assistance of the Department of Defense to help the Egyptian government investigate the attacks.

Both men discussed the balance between security and freedom, and the Secretary stressed the role of political inclusiveness in the democratic process. Secretary Hagel also expressed concerns about the political climate in advance of the constitutional referendum, including the continued enforcement of a restrictive demonstrations law.

The Secretary and Minister also discussed the desires of the Egyptian people for a civilian-led democracy, stability, and economic opportunities."

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