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Press Release – US Department of Defence Department of Defense Press Briefing by Secretary Hagel and Foreign Minister Coleman in the Pentagon Briefing Room New Zealand Minister of Defense Jonathan Coleman, right, presents Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel with a jersey from New Zealand’s national rugby team, the All Blacks during a joint press conference in the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., on Oct. 28, 2013. Coleman and Hagel met earlier to discuss national and regional security items of interest to both nations. DoD photo by Erin Kirk-Cuomo. Presenter: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel October 28, 2013 ________________________________________ Department of Defense Press Briefing by Secretary Hagel and Foreign Minister Coleman in the Pentagon Briefing Room SECRETARY OF DEFENSE CHUCK HAGEL: Good afternoon. New Zealand Minister of Defense Jonathan Coleman and I just finished a very positive and productive working lunch, where we reinforced the close ties between the United States and New Zealand. Having fought together in every major conflict of the last century, including Afghanistan, our bonds are rooted not only in our common interests as Pacific nations, but also in the history and the values we share. Our partnership is important. It’s important to peace and prosperity in the Asia Pacific, and the United States remains committed to strengthening this partnership as one component of our rebalance to the region. One of the themes we emphasized today was...

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