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Release No: 652-13
September 13, 2013

Readout of Secretary Hagel's Call to U.K. Secretary of State for Defense Philip Hammond

Pentagon Press Secretary George Little provided the following readout:

"This morning Secretary Hagel spoke by phone with the United Kingdom's Defense Secretary Philip Hammond to discuss the ongoing crisis in Syria.  Secretary Hagel provided an update on U.S. activities in the eastern Mediterranean in response to the Syrian chemical weapons attack on Aug. 21.

"Secretary Hagel thanked Secretary Hammond for the ongoing close coordination in diplomatic channels to address the Syrian civil war and the regime's use of chemical weapons.  They exchanged perspectives on Russia's offer on securing these weapons. 

"Secretary Hagel reiterated the United States' appreciation for its strong and unshakeable alliance with Great Britain and committed to remaining in close consultation with Secretary Hammond."