Carter, German Minister Discuss Defense Issues at Pentagon

Defense Secretary Ash Carter today met with German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen at the Pentagon, according to a Defense Department statement.

During the 45-minute meeting, the leaders discussed their continuing efforts in NATO and support to Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the statement.

It was Carter's first meeting with the German defense minister, the statement said.

Carter and Minister von der Leyen emphasized the importance of NATO unity against Russian aggression and discussed ways to work together to support NATO reassurance measures, the statement said.

The U.S. defense secretary thanked the minister for Germany's support to Kurdish forces in fighting ISIL, and welcomed Germany's continued leadership and commitment in Afghanistan, according to the statement.

The two leaders expressed their commitment to a strong working relationship and noted that they are looking forward to meeting at upcoming NATO ministerials, the statement said.