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Release No: 279-13
April 29, 2013

Readout of Secretary Hagel's call with Canadian Minister of National Defense Peter MacKay

            Pentagon Press Secretary George Little provided the following readout: 

            Secretary Hagel spoke by telephone this morning with Canada's Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay.  This was the second conversation the leaders have had since Secretary Hagel took office at the Pentagon.  

            Secretary Hagel and Minister MacKay discussed ongoing operations in Afghanistan noting that Canada's contribution to the training mission has been essential to developing the capacity of Afghan National Security Forces.  Secretary Hagel had the opportunity to see some of this training in person on his first visit to Afghanistan last month. 

            Secretary Hagel noted that the bilateral defense cooperation between the United States and Canada remains one of the world's strongest as demonstrated by stellar operations at North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and the work of the Permanent Joint Board on Defense to explore ways to increase cooperative efforts in NATO, the Western Hemisphere, and the Asia-Pacific region. 

            Both stated they look forward to seeing each other in person at the Shangri La Dialogue in Singapore next month.  Secretary Hagel also congratulated Minister MacKay on the birth of his son earlier this month.

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