Hagel, Georgian Defense Minister Discuss Afghanistan, Ukraine
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, May 7, 2014 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today thanked Georgia’s defense minister for his nation’s contributions to the International Security Assistance Force mission in Afghanistan.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, second from left, meets with Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania, second on right, at the Pentagon, May 7, 2014. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
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Hagel also encouraged Defense Minister Irakli Alasania to continue the progress Georgia has made on defense reform and NATO interoperability, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement summarizing the Pentagon meeting.
"The two leaders also discussed the ongoing crisis in Ukraine,” Kirby said. “They reviewed the efforts by allies and partners in the region to reinforce our international commitments and to continue to apply diplomatic and economic pressure on Moscow.
Hagel reaffirmed the importance of the U.S. partnership with Georgia, Kirby added, and pledged to continue the strong defense cooperation between their two nations.