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Release No: NR-022-13
November 16, 2013

Readout of Secretary Hagel's Call with Egyptian Minister of Defense General Al-Sisi

Assistant Press Secretary Carl Woog provided the following readout:

Secretary Hagel phoned Egyptian Minister of Defense General Al-Sisi from Omaha, Nebraska prior to departing for the Reagan National Defense Forum in California.

Secretary Hagel welcomed the end of the emergency law and curfew in Egypt and reiterated that the United States values the rights of all people to express their views peacefully. The leaders also discussed the importance of continuing progress on the roadmap towards inclusive democracy.

General Al-Sisi and Secretary Hagel each emphasized the importance that the Egyptian and U.S. governments both place on the bilateral relationship and commitment to shared security interests.