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Release No: NR-045-14
January 23, 2014

Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's Meeting with Finland's Minister of Defense Carl Haglund

Assistant Press Secretary Carl Woog provided the following readout:
 
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with Finnish Minister of Defense Carl Haglund today at the Pentagon to discuss a range of issues, including Afghanistan, Syria, Nordic cooperation, and the Arctic.  
Secretary Hagel conveyed gratitude for the strong U.S.-Finnish bilateral relationship and noted that Finland is also a valued North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) partner and an important leader in addressing regional and global challenges.  
 
Secretary Hagel praised Finland's contributions to NATO operations in Afghanistan and its willingness to join the international efforts to destroy the chemical weapons removed from Syria.  
 
Secretary Hagel also applauded Finland's leadership role in enhancing Nordic regional cooperation, including through increased emphasis on joint training and exercises.
 
Secretary Hagel is thankful for the Finnish commitment to global security, and he looks forward to working together in advancing our mutual security interests to meet future challenges.  He also looks forward to seeing Minister Haglund at the NATO Ministerial in February.