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Hagel Expresses Thanks for Belgium’s Support of Security Efforts

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2013 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today praised the key role Belgium continues to play in supporting security efforts in several regions of the world, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

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U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel escorts Belgian Defense Minister Pieter De Crem through an honor cordon at the Pentagon, Nov. 5, 2013. The two leaders met to discuss national and defense issues of mutual importance. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo

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In a statement summarizing a Pentagon meeting between Hagel and Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Pieter De Crem, Little noted that Belgium has pledged security assistance funding and agreed to train security forces in Afghanistan, supporting stability efforts post-2014.

“Additionally, Belgium demonstrates its commitment to maintaining peace and security in Africa, through participation in bilateral, European Union and United Nations missions in Mali, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo,” he added.

Hagel and De Crem also discussed the situation in Syria, Little said, noting the importance of the international community's efforts to work together to secure and destroy Syria's chemical weapons.

"Secretary Hagel thanked Minister De Crem for his unwavering support on transatlantic security issues,” the press secretary said. “The leaders expressed their commitment to maintaining the close defense relationship shared by the United States and Belgium.”


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