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Hagel, Egypt’s Defense Minister Discuss Security Situation

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2013 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke by phone today with Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to discuss the security situation in Egypt and to urge restraint by Egyptian security forces in dealing with ongoing protests, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

In a statement summarizing the call, Little said the two defense leaders discussed building on European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton's visit to Egypt and the need for an inclusive reconciliation process.

The Egyptian defense minister reiterated support for the political roadmap outlined by Egypt's interim transitional government, Little said.


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