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Readout of Secretary Mattis' Bilateral Meeting with Polish Minister of Defense Macierewicz

June 29, 2017

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

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis met with Polish Minister of Defense Antoni Macierewicz today on the margins of the NATO Defense Ministerial in Brussels, Belgium.

Secretary Mattis highlighted NATO's enhanced Forward Presence, of which the United States and Poland are partnered as framework and host nations respectively. He thanked the minister for hosting numerous U.S. forces, to include portions of an armored brigade combat team as well as the U.S. eFP battlegroup.

Secretary Mattis emphasized the United States' steadfast commitment to the NATO alliance and noted that Poland sets the example by meeting the Wales Summit Defense Spending Pledge and investing in its modernization.

Both leaders stressed the importance of standing shoulder-to-shoulder to keep Europe whole and free.