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Readout of Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis' Meeting with U.K. Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson

Aug. 7, 2018

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

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis met with U.K. Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson today at the Pentagon to reaffirm the long-standing and special defense relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom.

The leaders discussed a broad range of defense issues, including strengthening the defense trade relationship and coordinating deployments in the Indo-Pacific.

The secretary also thanked Secretary Williamson for nearly doubling U.K. contributions toward the NATO mission in Afghanistan, and reaffirmed U.S. support for U.K. defense modernization efforts.