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Release No: NR-099-14
February 26, 2014

Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's Meeting with Spain's Minister of Defense Dr. Pedro Morenes

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby provided the following readout:
 
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met in Brussels today with Spain's Minister of Defense Dr. Pedro Morenes. The two leaders discussed the strength of the U.S.-Spain military relationship and opportunities to broaden that relationship bilaterally and through the NATO Alliance. 
 
Secretary Hagel thanked Minister Morenes for Spain's hosting of U.S. ballistic missile defense-capable ships at Rota and for the support they have provided for U.S. Marines at Moron.  He also expressed his appreciation for Spain's ongoing commitment to the ISAF mission in Afghanistan.
 
Both leaders, who met on the sidelines of the NATO Defense Ministerials, talked about security challenges in Africa, pledged to continue the dialogue and expressed interest in improving bilateral training opportunities, especially in the maritime environment.