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Release No: NR-239-14
May 07, 2014

Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's Meeting with Georgia's Minister of Defense Irakli Alasania

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby provided the following readout:

"Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met today with Georgia's Minister of Defense Irakli Alasania.

"Secretary Hagel thanked Minister Alasania for Georgia's contributions to the International Security Assistance Force mission in Afghanistan, and he encouraged Georgia to continue the progress it has made on defense reform and NATO interoperability.

"The two leaders also discussed the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. They reviewed the efforts by allies and partners in the region to reinforce our international commitments and to continue to apply diplomatic and economic pressure on Moscow.

"Secretary Hagel reaffirmed the importance of the U.S. partnership with Georgia, and pledged to continue our strong defense cooperation." 

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