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Immediate Release

Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's Meeting with Spain's Minister of Defense Pedro Morenés

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

Secretary Hagel welcomed Spain's Minister of Defense, Pedro Morenés, back to the Pentagon today, where they met to discuss a range of topics.

Secretary Hagel thanked Minister Morenés for Spain's continued hospitality in hosting U.S. forces and their families in Morón and Rota. In particular, the secretary expressed his deep appreciation for Spain's support to the United States' efforts to counter the Ebola virus in West Africa, through Operation United Assistance. The two leaders discussed how each of their nations is addressing the virus, focusing on the importance of strict protocols to protect the American and Spanish people.

The leaders also discussed ongoing counter-ISIL efforts, including Spain's role in the counter-ISIL coalition. The secretary thanked the minister for Spain's intention to participate. They also touched on the potential for increased cooperation in Africa, particularly regarding addressing security concerns along the southern flank of Europe‎.

‎Secretary Hagel noted that the United States and Spain have a long history of strong defense cooperation, and they look forward to continuing to work together."