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Published:January 1st, 2014 12:32 EST

Chuck Hagel Calls Egyptian Defense Minister to Discuss Attacks

By SOP newswire3

American Forces Press Service

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called Egyptian Minister of Defense Gen. Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to discuss recent events in Egypt and to offer the Defense Department`s assistance in investigating the attacks in Mansoura, Nasr City and Sharkiya province, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement issued today.

Kirby`s statement reads as follows:

"Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel called Egyptian Minister of Defense General Al-Sisi today to discuss recent events in Egypt.

"Secretary Hagel expressed his condolences for the loss of life and injuries from the bombings in Mansoura, Nasr City, and Sharkiya province. The Secretary condemned the attacks and offered the assistance of the Department of Defense to help the Egyptian government investigate the attacks.

Both men discussed the balance between security and freedom, and the Secretary stressed the role of political inclusiveness in the democratic process. Secretary Hagel also expressed concerns about the political climate in advance of the constitutional referendum, including the continued enforcement of a restrictive demonstrations law.

The Secretary and Minister also discussed the desires of the Egyptian people for a civilian-led democracy, stability, and economic opportunities."

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