January 10th, 2015 11:13 EST
Chuck Hagel Expresses Condolences to French Defense Minister
DoD News, Defense Media Activity
In a phone call this morning to French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel conveyed his condolences for the loss of life in this week`s terrorist attack and promised him any help the Defense Department can provide, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
In a statement summarizing the call, which Kirby noted had been scheduled for some time, the admiral said Hagel also thanked Le Drian for France`s strong and enduring partnership over the years, specifically for its counterterrorism leadership in Africa`s Sahel region.
Significant Contributions to Campaign Against ISIL
In addition, the admiral said, Hagel commended France`s significant contributions to the campaign to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
Minister Le Drian wished Secretary Hagel well as he prepares to depart the Pentagon, and the two reflected on the friendship they have enjoyed, " Kirby said.
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