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WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2014 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met Oct. 11 with Honduran Defense Minister Samuel Reyes Rendon on the sidelines of the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas in Arequipa, Peru, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
In a statement summarizing the meeting, Kirby said the discussion covered a wide range of security issues of mutual concern, including the threat to stability posed by narcotrafficking, natural disasters, and the importance of a holistic approach to the security challenges facing Central America.
“Secretary Hagel thanked the minister for his support of the strong relationship between our two militaries and for Honduras' contributions to regional security,” the admiral said. “The secretary reaffirmed the United States' commitment to our security obligations in Latin America.”
Both leaders agreed on the need for continued dialogue and cooperation across the region through exercises, exchanges and operations, he added.