Hagel Plans to Meet With Senior Pakistani Officials

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2013 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will travel to Pakistan tomorrow, making the first visit by a U.S. defense secretary in nearly four years, Assistant Pentagon Press Secretary Carl Woog said today.

Hagel met with Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif on his visit to Washington earlier this year, Woog said in a statement announcing the visit. The secretary looks forward to continuing candid and productive conversations about the important U.S.-Pakistani security partnership and how to address common threats, he added.

Woog said Hagel also looks forward to discussing with Sharif and other senior Pakistani officials the common interest that the United States and Pakistan have in a stable Afghanistan. The defense secretary is in Afghanistan today.

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