Minister of Defence Jüri Luik met on Wednesday evening, in Washington, with U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis.
At their meeting they focused on preparing for the upcoming NATO Summit, improving the reaction time of allied forces and bilateral defence cooperation.
Luik emphasised the need, within the context of the upcoming NATO Summit, for the faster movement of allied forces.
‘It is important to carefully consider how forces can be repositioned and reinforced, so that NATO forces would be exactly where they are need, when they are needed,’ said Luik.
Also discussed were training exercises, cooperation in the field of planning and cyber defence, as well as the scheduled April meeting between the presidents of the Baltic Republics and President of the United States Donald Trump.
At the meeting, Mattis thanked Estonia for fulfilling its commitmentter, Mac Thornberry, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and Senator Jack Reed, the Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
The Minister of Defence will as and obligations in NATO and for dispatching an additional unit to Afghanistan this year.
In addition to Mattis, Luik will also be meeting with National Security Advisor H. R. McMaslso be giving a presentation in Washington, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and will be laying a wreath at the Victims of Communism Memorial.
Luik will be accompanied on his visit by Kristjan Prikk, Undersecretary for Defence Policy.
Photo: Minister of Defence Jüri Luik met in Washington with U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis.