Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby provided the following readout:
Today, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel called Tunisian Minister of Defense Ghazi Jeribi to congratulate him on his appointment as Minister of Defense for Tunisia. Secretary Hagel expressed the high priority the United States places on supporting Tunisia as it continues its democratic transition.
Secretary Hagel also thanked Tunisia for its history of strong military-to-military relations with the U.S. and expressed his commitment to maintaining this relationship in the future. The secretary also congratulated the government of Tunisia on the success of its recent counterterrorism operations.