Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby provided the following readout:
"Secretary of Defense Hagel spoke today with United Arab Emirates (UAE) Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan to discuss regional events and defense cooperation issues. Secretary Hagel reiterated the steadfast U.S. commitment to its strategic partnership with the UAE and affirmed the importance of maintaining strong bilateral defense cooperation to ensure a stable and secure Middle East, a common objective of both countries. Secretary Hagel noted new forms of multilateral cooperation were required to address the evolving challenges of the Middle East and the secretary lauded UAE's efforts to work with the United States and the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council to expand regional collaboration. The conversation ended with a discussion on regional issues, including Syria, Egypt, and Libya."