READOUT OF SECRETARY HAGEL’S MEETING WITH SPAIN’S MINISTER OF DEFENSE PEDRO MORENÉS
Pentagon Press Secretary George Little provided the following readout:
“Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Spain’s Minister of Defense Pedro Morenés met today at the Pentagon.
“Secretary Hagel and Minister Morenés spoke at length about the violence in Syria. The two leaders discussed Spain’s support of a joint statement issued at the G-20 in St. Petersburg condemning the horrific weapons attack in the suburbs of Damascus and supporting the efforts undertaken by the United States and other countries to reinforce the prohibition on the use of chemical weapons. Secretary Hagel praised Minister Morenés for Spain’s support on the issue and the leaders agreed to remain in close coordination as the situation evolves.
“Secretary Hagel thanked Minister Morenés for Spain’s support of U.S. forces, specifically at Morón Air Base and Naval Station Rota. The two leaders discussed Africa and the continent’s security challenges including piracy, illicit trafficking, and terrorism.
“The two leaders also discussed the importance of supporting security and stability in Afghanistan post 2014. Secretary Hagel thanked Spain for being a valued ally, and conveyed the United States’ appreciation for Spain’s steadfast commitment to Afghanistan.”