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Release No: 549-13
July 30, 2013

Readout of Secretary Hagel's Meeting with the President of Yemen Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi

            Pentagon Press Secretary George Little provided the following readout: 

            "Secretary of Defense Hagel was pleased to host Yemeni President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi at the Pentagon today. 

            "Secretary Hagel praised Yemen for its role as a key partner of the United States and expressed his thanks for the continued cooperation on mutual security assistance issues.  In particular, he thanked President Hadi for Yemen's ongoing role in countering terrorism in the region and noted the positive reorganization of Yemen's military forces.  The two leaders discussed the continued progress of Yemen's political transition as well as the positive role the United States continues to play in the field of economic development. 

            "Secretary Hagel and President Hadi reiterated their steadfast commitment to standing together in the region given the geographic and strategic importance of Yemen.  The secretary ended by affirming that the Defense Department will continue to seek ways to enhance our bilateral defense cooperation."