Mattis stresses commitment to NATO to
German defense chief: Pentagon
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[January 27, 2017]
(Reuters) - Defense Secretary James Mattis stressed the United States'
commitment to NATO in a telephone call with Germany's defense minister
on Thursday, the Pentagon said.
Retired U.S. Marine Corps General James Mattis testifies before a Senate
Armed Services Committee hearing on his nomination to serve as defense
secretary in Washington, U.S. January 12, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen of "the United
States’ enduring commitment to the NATO alliance," the Pentagon
said in a statement.
It said Mattis discussed the importance of NATO in a separate
call with French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. In a call
with Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Mattis
underscored his "unwavering commitment to Israel's security,"
the Pentagon said.
(Reporting by Idrees Ali; Writing by the Washington Newsroom;
Editing by Sandra Maler)
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