Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta hosts an honor cordon to welcome Afghanistan's Minister of National Defense Abdul Rahim Wardak and Minister of Interior Gen. Bismillah Khan Mohammadi to the Pentagon at 11 a.m. EDT. The cordon will be held on the steps of the Pentagon River Entrance. Journalists without a Pentagon building pass will be picked up at the Pentagon River Parking Entrance only. Plan to arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to the event; have proof of affiliation and two forms of photo identification. Please call 703-697-5131 for escort to the cordon.
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