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Release No: NR-007-14
January 06, 2014

Readout of Secretary Hagel's Meeting with Estonia's Minister of Defense Urmas Reinsalu

Assistant Press Secretary Carl Woog provided the following readout:
 
"Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with Estonian Minister of Defense Urmas Reinsalu today at the Pentagon.
 
"Secretary Hagel praised Minister Reinsalu for Estonia's steadfast commitment to Afghanistan, to include its contributions to security in Helmand Province and its commitment to supporting stability in Afghanistan post-2014. 
 
"The leaders discussed their shared interest in working together with other Baltic states to support regional cooperation, interoperability with Allies, cyber defense, and long-term defense modernization.  The secretary also commended Estonia for its demonstrated commitment to maintaining significant levels of efficient defense spending.
 
"Finally, Secretary Hagel reaffirmed the United States' commitment to the Alliance, and pledged to continue to participate in North Atlantic Treaty Organization exercises, noting the importance of leveraging the interoperability we've achieved over the last 20 years."