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Readout of Secretary Carter's Meeting with Czech Minister of Defense Martin Stropnicky

Feb. 10, 2016

Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook provided the following readout:

Today Secretary of Defense Ash Carter met with Czech Minister of Defense Martin Stropnicky on the sidelines of the NATO Defense Minsterial in Brussels. This was their first meeting.

Secretary Carter and Minister Stropnicky discussed U.S.-Czech collaboration in the counter-ISIL campaign and Czech contributions to European security and Afghanistan.

Secretary Carter thanked Minister Stropnicky for the Czech Republic's recent decision to provide additional weapons and ammunition to the counter-ISIL fight, and they discussed other potential Czech contributions to the campaign.

Secretary Carter expressed support for the Czech Republic's efforts to increase defense spending and modernize its military, and recognized the Czech Republic for the active role they are taking in NATO air policing, military exercises, and supporting the movement of U.S. military convoys.

Secretary Carter also thanked Minister Stropnicky for the Czech Republic's continued contributions in Afghanistan. The secretary concluded by recognizing the enduring defense relationship between the United States and the Czech Republic‎.