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Immediate Release

Secretary Mattis Travels to Finland, Belgium, and the United Kingdom

Nov. 3, 2017

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis will embark on Sunday, Nov. 5, to re-affirm key partnerships and alliances in Europe.

Secretary Mattis will begin his engagements with a meeting with the Northern Group, a multilateral forum of 12 countries, including the five Nordic countries (Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Norway), the three Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania), Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, and the UK from Nov. 6-7.

From Nov. 8-9, Secretary Mattis will attend a NATO Defense Ministerial and, separately, host a meeting of ministers from the Defeat-ISIS coalition. The trip will underscore the commitment of the United States to our NATO alliance and to defeating ISIS.
On Nov. 10, he will conclude his trip with a visit to London where he will meet with United Kingdom's Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson.