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Release No: 469-13
June 26, 2013

Readout of Secretary Hagel's Meeting with Sweden's Minister of Defense Karin Enström

            Pentagon Press Secretary George Little provided the following readout:

            "Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with Sweden's Minister of Defence Karin Enström at the Pentagon today.

            "Secretary Hagel praised Sweden for its role as a key partner to the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).  In particular, he thanked Minister Enström for Sweden's commitment and sacrifices in Afghanistan, and for its key leadership in other NATO operations such as Libya and Kosovo. 

            "Secretary Hagel reiterated the United States' steadfast commitment to standing together with U.S. allies and partners.  He ended by affirming that the Defense Department will continue to seek ways to enhance our bilateral defense relationship with Sweden, and that our two nations will continue to work closely together to advance our common interests around the world."

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