Readout of Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan’s Meeting With German Minister of Defense Ursula von der Leyen
Pentagon Spokesperson Eric Pahon provided the following readout:
Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan met with German Minister of Defense Ursula von der Leyen today at the NATO Defense Ministerial in Brussels, Belgium, to reaffirm the defense relationship between the United States and Germany.
The leaders discussed a broad range of defense issues, including the U.S. decision to withdraw from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, equitable burden-sharing within the NATO alliance, the strength of the Coalition to Defeat ISIS and current operations in Afghanistan.
The secretary and minister also discussed the need to deepen military competencies in emerging fields, including cyber; space and autonomy.
Secretary Shanahan and Minister von der Leyen agreed to continue the strong bilateral defense relationship between the U.S. and Germany, and to ensure close coordination and consultation.