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Release No: 636-13
September 05, 2013

Readout of Secretary Hagel's Call with Egyptian Minister of Defense General Abdul Fatah al-Sisi

           Pentagon Press Secretary George Little provided the following readout:

           "Today Secretary Hagel called Egyptian Minister of Defense Al Sisi to discuss the US-Egyptian security relationship, the current security situation in Egypt, and progress on the political roadmap. Minister Al Sisi updated Secretary Hagel on security developments, including the Sinai peninsula, and stressed the importance of the US-Egyptian partnership against violent extremists. Secretary Hagel acknowledged Egyptian accomplishments in providing security in the Sinai and declared that the US stands with Egypt and all nations against terrorism worldwide. Secretary Hagel and Minister Al Sisi also discussed the situation in Syria, and its implications for security and stability in the region, and Secretary Hagel expressed appreciation for Al Sisi's insights."

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