Deutschland’s Defence Minister Dr. Ursula von der Leyen on her first official visit in the USA
“Wherever I have had discussions here, I was impressed with the respect, a very high respect and warmth that in US people spoke about our Armed-Forces, die Bundeswehr. Expressed Defence Minister Dr.Ursula von der Leyen about her visit in United States.
German Defence Minister Dr. Ursula von der Leyen met with the US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon, to strengthen the two countries partnerships at the Military level.
Their discussion covers mainly on:
- Strengthening the Military partnership between Germany-US
- Transatlantic Security and the next NATO summit scheduled for September 2014 in Wales.
- ISAF and post-2014 in Afghanistan
- Relation with Russia and the crises of Ukraine
- De-escalating the intra-conflict in Syria and Iraq
“NATO is the strongest Military alliance in the world and the most influential political one.” Highlighted the Defence Minister Dr. von der Leyen during her visit in Washington DC.
“We welcome Germany’s willingness to continue Leading Regional Command North as part of NATO’s post-2014 Resolute Support mission.” Stated Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Admiral John Kirby
“ The United States and Germany count on one another to be credible, capable partners, as Leaders in both the Transatlantic alliance and the global community. The crises in Iraq, Syria and Ukraine remind us that our Leadership roles require investment in Ready, Modern, Agile Militaries. Both Leaders recognized the importance of investing in capabilities that will strengthen our collective security.” The Real Admiral added.