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Hagel Assures Libyan Defense Minister of U.S. Support

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2013 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke by phone today with newly appointed Libyan Defense Minister Abdullah al-Thani, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

"Secretary Hagel highlighted the United States' support to Libya and its people during its transition,” Little said in a statement summarizing the call. “The two leaders discussed how the United States military can assist training for Libyan security forces and strengthening regional security through stability and rule of law.”

The two defense leaders expressed their appreciation for both countries' commitment to deepening the U.S.-Libyan relationship, and agreed to continue efforts to strengthen military cooperation, the press secretary said.


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