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Release No: 547-13
July 30, 2013

Readout of Secretary Hagel's Call with Egyptian Defense Minister Al-Sisi

            Pentagon Press Secretary George Little issued the following readout: 

            "This morning Secretary Hagel spoke by phone with Egyptian Defense Minister Al-Sisi to discuss the security situation in Egypt and urge restraint by Egyptian security forces in dealing with ongoing protests.  Secretary Hagel and Minister Al-Sisi discussed building on European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton's visit to Egypt and the need for an inclusive reconciliation process.  Minister Al-Sisi reiterated support for the political roadmap outlined by Egypt's interim transitional government."