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Release No: 165-13
March 20, 2013

Readout of Secretary of Defense Hagel’s Call with French Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian

            Pentagon Press Secretary George Little provided the following readout: 

            “Today Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel called French Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian to discuss issues of mutual interest.  Secretary Hagel reaffirmed U.S. appreciation to the French for their active leadership in addressing security challenges in Mali.  He noted that Mali operations are a good example of building an alliance with common interests to deal with shared threats and challenges.    

            "Secretary Hagel also expressed his desire to meet with Minister Le Drian in person.  The two leaders agreed to seek an opportunity to meet in the near future to discuss the global security interests shared by both countries.”