November 9th, 2017 13:33 EST
Mattis Meets With German, Norwegian Defense Ministers in Brussels
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met today with German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen and Norwegian Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen at the NATO Defense Ministerial in Brussels, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said in separate statements issued today.
Longstanding Defense Relationships
The secretary reaffirmed the United States` longstanding defense relationships with Germany and Norway during his discussions with the ministers, White said.
During their meeting, Mattis and the German defense minister discussed a broad range of issues, emphasizing the importance of the U.S-German relationship both bilaterally and in the NATO alliance, White said.
Mattis thanked the German minister for her country`s strong leadership in a complex global security environment, White said.
Commitment to International Security
During his meeting with Bakke-Jensen, Mattis thanked the minister for Norway`s commitment to international security, including its significant contributions to NATO`s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan, the campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and its leadership on security in the Nordic-Baltic region and the North Atlantic, White said.
The secretary also thanked Norway`s defense minister for the opportunity to improve interoperability and strengthen defense cooperation through training and exercises between the armed forces of both nations, White said.
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