U.S. Defense Secretary Hagel Praises France’s Military Intervention in Mali

by Colonel on March 21, 2013

“US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday hailed France’s military intervention in Mali in a phone call with his French counterpart, Jean-Yves Le Drian, thanking Paris for its “active leadership,” officials said.

The Pentagon chief, who took office last month, “reaffirmed US appreciation to the French for their active leadership in addressing security challenges in Mali,” press secretary George Little said in a statement.

“He noted that Mali operations are a good example of building an alliance with common interests to deal with shared threats and challenges,” Little said.

The two leaders agreed to look for a chance to meet “in the near future,” he said.

After initially hesitating, the United States has backed the French-led action with logistical support, sending transport planes, surveillance drones and refueling tankers to boost the campaign.

” — Copyright 2013 AFP

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