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Immediate Release

Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's Phone Call with French Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian

Oct. 22, 2014

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

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel spoke via telephone with the French Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian today. The two leaders spoke about the international response to Ebola in West Africa, counterterrorism operations in North Africa, and the coalition response to ISIL in Iraq and Syria.

Secretary Hagel welcomed the French commitment to expand its efforts to assist with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

The two Ministers talked about ways to improve information sharing in dealing with extremists in the Sahel, and had an extended discussion on the coalition response to counter ISIL, where French and U.S forces are working closely together -- in concert with other coalition partners -- to degrade ISIL's capabilities and effectiveness.