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Published:March 8th, 2018 11:17 EST

Mattis Welcomes Estonian Defense Minister to Pentagon

By SOP newswire3

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with his Estonian counterpart, Defense Minister Juri Luik, at the Pentagon today.

In a statement summarizing the meeting, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said Mattis emphasized the close U.S.-Estonia security partnership and highlighted Estonia`s support for the enhanced forward presence in Lithuania.

Cyber Defense Leadership

He praised Estonia`s leadership in cyber defense, White said, and noted that Estonia hosts NATO`s Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence.

The secretary also thanked Luik for his country`s commitment to defense spending and modernization efforts to strengthen the NATO alliance, White said, and both pledged to continue their dialogue on shared security interests and the U.S.-Estonia defense agenda.

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