Defense Secretary Jim Mattis traveled to India, where he participated in a wreath-laying ceremony and met with leaders to emphasize the enduring U.S. commitment to India as a strategic partner. Mattis then visited Afghanistan, where he met with troops and U.S., NATO and Afghan leaders. The secretary wrapped up his trip meeting with leaders in Qatar.
Secretary Meets With Military, Civilian Leaders In Afghanistan
Mattis Visits India
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at a news conference in the Afghan capital of Kabul that the United States will stand by his country through thick and thin. Story
The United States places great importance on building a vibrant defense partnership with India, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in a press conference with India’s Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman following their bilateral discussions in New Delhi. Story
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters traveling with him that the United States and India are two great democracies with shared common goals that make them natural partners. Story
Jim Mattis became the 26th defense secretary Jan. 20, 2017. During more than four decades in uniform, he commanded Marines at all levels, including in combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a joint force commander, he commanded U.S. Joint Forces Command, NATO's Supreme Allied Command for Transformation and U.S. Central Command.