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U.S. Department of Defense

September 23, 2021

Deputy Secretary of Defense Hicks Meets With Mr. Benedikt Zimmer, State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Defence, Federal Republic of Germany

Pentagon Spokesman Eric Pahon provided the following readout:

Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Kathleen Hicks met with German State Secretary for the Federal Ministry of Defence Mr. Benedikt Zimmer today to reaffirm the U.S.-German bilateral relationship.

The two leaders exchanged views on defense and security priorities, including Afghanistan, the Indo-Pacific, Russia, and NATO. She thanked the State Secretary for Germany's support to evacuation operations both in Afghanistan and Germany. She also shared updates on ongoing U.S. strategic reviews.

Dr. Hicks congratulated State Secretary Zimmer on Germany's decision to acquire five P-8 maritime patrol aircraft, increasing German capabilities to address shared security concerns.

Mr. Zimmer and Dr. Hicks expressed their commitment to continued collaboration on a series of issues, to include NATO interoperability, security in the Indo-Pacific, and shared security challenges in Space and emerging technology.

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