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Joint U.S. and U.K. Readout of Call Between U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper and U.K. Secretary of State for Defense Ben Wallace

June 26, 2020

U.K. Secretary of State for Defense Ben Wallace spoke yesterday with U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper, who visited Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall. They emphasized the continued importance of the two nations’ collaboration and friendship as we face challenges and opportunities together both now and in the future.  

The Secretaries exchanged views on approaches to shared global security challenges, including COVID-19. Secretary Wallace and Secretary Esper discussed the security situation in Libya, ongoing operations in Afghanistan, the threat from Russia, and support to Ukraine. 

Secretary Wallace briefed on the UK’s Integrated Foreign, Security and Defense Review and they discussed how best to foster closer industrial cooperation.

Secretary Esper also expressed his gratitude for the United Kingdom’s continued partnership as a stalwart Ally of the United States, and emphasized the continued U.S. commitment to NATO and transatlantic security.