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Release No: NR-301-14
June 07, 2014

Readout of Secretary Hagel's meeting with French Defense Minister Le Drian

Statement by Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby:

"Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met today in Paris with French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian after attending D-Day ceremonies the day before in Normandy.

"In keeping with the close relationship between the two militaries and the friendship between the two Ministers, the talks were open and wide-ranging. Topics included counter-terrorism activities in Africa, where the U.S. and France have many common interests in helping African nations deal with this threat.

"The two leaders also discussed the NATO Summit, Russian actions in Ukraine, the French sale of Mistral-class ships to Russia, and the security concerns of allies in Southern Europe. They spent time reflecting on the D-Day anniversary and the history of the past century, with Secretary Hagel remarking that the D-Day ceremony "is a reminder of what history teaches and informs us if we are wise enough to learn from events from the past."

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