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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 755-12
September 14, 2012

Readout of Secretary Panetta’s Meeting with Hungarian Minister of Defense Csaba Hende

            Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs George Little provided the following readout: 

            “Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta hosted Hungarian Minister of Defense Csaba Hende for their first Pentagon meeting today. The two discussed bilateral defense cooperation as well as ongoing operations and transition in Afghanistan.  Secretary Panetta expressed his deep appreciation for Hungary's long-standing commitment and support to the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, including Hungarian troops currently deployed to Regional Command North, and Hungarian plans to lead the force protection mission at Kabul International Airport this fall.  Secretary Panetta and Minister Hende also discussed defense budgets and planning, Hungarian contributions to coalition operations in the Balkans, and the political situation in Syria.  

            "Additionally, Secretary Panetta recognized the upcoming 20th Anniversary of the State Partnership Program between the Hungarian Defense Forces and the Ohio National Guard and praised the partnership's successes, including multiple joint deployments. Minister Hende offered condolences for the recent attacks against the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi and proclaimed his country's solidarity with the United States.  After the meeting Minister Hende paid respects at the Pentagon's 9/11 Memorial and Chapel.  Minister Hende will conclude his U.S. trip in Florida where he will meet with defense officials at the United States Central Command and the United States Special Operations Command.”