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U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release

  No. NR-052-15
IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 11, 2015

Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's meeting with Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta

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

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta today. During the meeting, the secretary thanked Minister Ponta for the Romanian government's offer to commit more troops to the mission in Afghanistan, as well as Romania's continued strong support in other NATO and coalition activities.

Secretary Hagel and Minister Ponta met briefly last June when the secretary travelled to Constanta, Romania to thank U.S. and coalition troops at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base. In his concluding remarks, Minister Ponta thanked Secretary Hagel for his attention to Black Sea security issues and his stewardship of the Department of Defense during a period of unrest for NATO allies.

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