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Immediate Release

Readout of Secretary of Defense Mattis' Meeting with German Minister of Defense Ursula von der Leyen

Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White provided the following readout:

Today, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis met with German Minister of Defense Ursula von der Leyen at the NATO Defense Ministerial reaffirming the longstanding defense relationship between the United States and Germany.
The leaders discussed a broad range of defense issues, emphasizing the importance of the U.S-German relationship both bilaterally and in the NATO Alliance.
Secretary Mattis thanked the minister for her country's strong leadership in a complex global security environment.