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MoD´s Permanent Secretary stresses the importance of U.S. presence in Europe at Reagan Defence Forum

9. December 2019 - 11:24
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence of Estonia Kristjan Prikk.
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence of Estonia Kristjan Prikk.

Over the weekend, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence of Estonia, Kristjan Prikk stressed the importance of U.S. presence in Europe with the U.S. policy makers and military leaders at the Reagan National Defence Forum, held in Simi Valley, California.

At his meeting with John Rood, Under Secretary of Defence for Policy, Prikk noted that Estonia values the contribution of the United States to the security of the Baltic region and it is important that Allies carry out regular reinforcement exercises, such as the U.S. Army-led deployment exercise Defender 2020, scheduled to take place next year.

At his meeting with General Paul Nakasone, Commander of the U.S. Cyber Command and Director of the National Security Agency Prikk highlighted the need to continue good cooperation on cyber defence and information exchange on 5G, the fifth-generation cellular wireless standard, to ensure the reliability of technology manufacturers. A joint statement in this regard was signed last month by Estonia´s Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and Vice President of the United States Mike Pence.

At his meetings with Liz Cheney, the U.S. Representative for Wyoming and the third-highest ranking member of the Republican House leadership, as well as with General David Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, security in the Baltic Sea region was in the agenda.

The Reagan National Defence Forum is a bipartisan annual event held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California. The event brings together leaders and key stakeholders in the defence community including members of Congress, military leaders, industry, scholars, and administration officials to promote policies to strengthen the U.S. military.

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