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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 748-13
October 25, 2013

Readout of Secretary Hagel’s Meeting With Lithuanian Minister of National Defense Juozas Olekas

Pentagon Press Secretary George Little provided the following readout:

"Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with Lithuania's Minister of National Defense Juozas Olekas today at the Pentagon. 

 "Secretary Hagel praised Lithuania for its leadership role in Afghanistan.  Lithuania led a Provincial Reconstruction Team in Ghor province for eight years, continues to play an important role in International Security Assistance Force operations, and provides a key port along the Northern Distribution Network which facilitates the transport of materiel to coalition troops in Afghanistan.  Secretary Hagel and Minister Olekas reiterated their commitment to supporting security and stability in Afghanistan post-2014.

"The leaders also discussed the recent Baltic Summit, which occurred Aug. 30 at the White House, and the shared intent to work closely to support regional cooperation, military interoperability and long-term defense modernization.

"Secretary Hagel reiterated the United States' security commitment to our European allies and partners, affirming that the Defense Department will continue to work with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the U.S. European Command to leverage training and exercises that will enhance the interoperability we've achieved over the last decade."

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