September 26th, 2018 21:11 EST
Mattis, Romania Defense Minister Agree to Continue Defense Cooperation
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with Romanian Defense Minister Mihai Fifor today at the Pentagon to reaffirm the long-standing defense relationship between the United States and Romania, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said.
In a statement summarizing the meeting, White said Mattis thanked Fifor for his country`s continued leadership in NATO and its contributions to the alliance`s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan.
Black Sea Security
"They agreed to continue defense cooperation and to promote security in the Black Sea region," White said.
Mattis praised Fifor on Romania`s military modernization efforts and their defense spending commitments to NATO, she said, and he noted that these efforts make Romania a model ally.
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