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Release No: NR-221-14
April 30, 2014

Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby provided the following readout:

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met today with Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy to discuss recent events in Egypt and the Middle East, as well as the defense relationship between the United States and Egypt.

The secretary assured Minister Fahmy that the United States remains committed to advancing our shared security interests in the region, to include counter-terrorism, border security, and Sinai security. He thanked the minister for his support to those missions and for that of Egypt's armed forces as well.

The two leaders discussed political developments in Egypt, to include the need for a proper balance between security and freedom. Secretary Hagel stressed the role of political inclusiveness and dissent in the democratic process and asked Minister Fahmy to help encourage peaceful dissent by releasing activists and journalists who have been detained.

Finally, the secretary and Minister Fahmy also discussed Egypt's judicial process, including U.S. concerns over recent mass trials and death penalty sentences. The secretary urged the Government of Egypt to ensure due process rights are being afforded to all Egyptians.

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