Readout of Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis’ Meeting with German Minister of Defense Ursula von der Leyen.
Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White provided the following readout:
Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis met with German Minister of Defense Ursula von der Leyen today at the Pentagon to reaffirm the long-standing defense relationship between the United States and Germany.
The leaders discussed a broad range of defense issues, and the Secretary thanked Minister von der Leyen for her country’s commitment to NATO, the D-ISIS coalition, and the United Nations. They discussed German efforts to increase defense spending and agreed on the need for all allies to focus on readiness and investments.
Secretary Mattis praised Germany on their leadership across the alliance and congratulated her on Germany’s recent election to the UN Security Council.