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Immediate Release

Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's Phone Call with Italian Minister of Defense Roberta Pinotti

Oct. 22, 2014

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

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel spoke via telephone with Italian Minister of Defense Roberta Pinotti today. Secretary Hagel made the call to pass on his thanks regarding Italy's planned contributions to the anti-ISIL coalition in Iraq.

Secretary Hagel thanked Italy for its proposed contributions, stating that U.S. Central Command will work with Italy's military commanders to determine how best to integrate Italy's contribution into the overall effort. The secretary also thanked Minister Pinotti for Italy's commitment to Afghanistan.

Both leaders pledged to stay in touch moving forward and to continue the close dialogue and cooperation.