IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Readout of Performing the Duties of the Deputy Secretary of Defense David Norquist Meeting with Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre of Somalia


Acting Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Charles E. Summers, Jr., provided the following readout:

Performing the Duties of the Deputy Secretary of Defense David Norquist met with Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre at the Pentagon, April 11 to discuss the close U.S.-Somali relationship, counter-terrorism and the AMISOM transition in Somalia.

The two leaders discussed progress on security reforms, transparency mechanisms and accountability measures. Recognizing that military efforts alone will not defeat terrorists and ensure lasting security, they also broached political and economic growth issues.

Secretary Norquist thanked Prime Minister Khayre for his commitment to partnership and his efforts to drive progress toward shared objectives.