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Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Phone Call With Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar

July 8, 2021

Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby provided the following readout:

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke by phone today with Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar to continue discussions over the ongoing drawdown in Afghanistan. The Secretary and Minister shared views over security concerns and agreed to stay engaged with respect to arrangements at the Hamid Karzai International Airport.