FROM: U.S. DEFENSE DEPARTMENT
Readout of Secretary Hagel's Meeting with Azerbaijan's Minister of Defense Safar Abiyev
Pentagon Press Secretary George Little provided the following readout:
"Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with Azerbaijan's Minister of Defense Safar Abiyev today at the Pentagon.
"Secretary Hagel praised Azerbaijan for its support to efforts in Afghanistan, to include their sustained deployment with the International Security Assistance Force. In addition, he thanked Minister Abiyev for the valuable role Azerbaijan plays in providing ground, air and sea transit access for logistical support to Afghanistan.
"The two leaders agreed to continue to work together on issues to include North Atlantic Treaty Organization interoperability, counterterrorism, defense transformation and maritime security.
"Secretary Hagel and Minister Abiyev also discussed the regional situation. Secretary Hagel raised the recent inauguration of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and reiterated that it is imperative that Iran take quick steps to resolve the international community's deep concerns over its nuclear program.
"Secretary Hagel recognizes Azerbaijan's role in fostering regional security and stability, and he looks forward to continuing the strategic partnership."