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Release No: 128-13
March 05, 2013

Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s Calls with Foreign Counterparts and Leaders

            Pentagon Press Secretary George Little provided the following readout: 

            Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has spoken by phone this week with counterparts and foreign leaders from around the world, all of whom congratulated him on taking office as secretary of defense.  In each of these calls, Secretary Hagel expressed his personal commitment to ensuring strong military-to-military relationships even as the United States faces budget constraints and fiscal uncertainty in Washington, D.C. 

            Secretary Hagel believes that the United States must do all it can to develop and strengthen coalitions of common interest to confront violent extremism, prevent proliferation of weapons, deter aggression and promote regional stability. Secretary Hagel looks forward to working closely with his counterparts on these mutual security challenges. 

            The secretary spoke with: 

  • Minister of Defense Bismillah Khan Mohammadi of Afghanistan
  • Minister for Defense Stephen Smith of Australia
  • Minister of National Defense Peter MacKay of Canada
  • Minister of Defense Abdul Fatah al-Sisi of Egypt
  • Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia
  • Secretary of State for Defense Phillip Hammond of the United Kingdom

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