Minister Stropnicky visits Pentagon

Autor: Oldrich Holecek

The Czech Minister of Defence, Martin Stropnicky, began his working visit to the United States on Tuesday 2nd May for bilateral talks with his American counterpart, James Mattis.

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis and the Czech Minister of Defence Martin Stropnicky
US Secretary of Defense James Mattis and the Czech Minister of Defence Martin Stropnicky

For the two countries, priority will be given to discussions on joint operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, with the fight against Daesh taking precedence. The relaxed and friendly atmosphere during discussions confirmed the long-term strong alliance between the Czech Republic and the USA.

"I presented and outlined our plan to increase defence spending, which the Secretary of Defence James Mattis welcomed, and he thanked me for the active Czech defence approach. We agreed that Europe should bear more of the cost for collective defence in NATO," said Minister Stropnicky. Plans for future acquisitions, with the aim of modernising military equipment and materiel, were also discussed, including the planned purchase of the new multipurpose helicopters.

Minister Stropnicky will later attend the international security Interdependency in Resilience Conference to be held at the NATO Allied Command Transformation headquarters in the city of Norfolk, Virginia, and will also visit the Nebraska National Guard base which has a long history of cooperation with the Czech Army.

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By Nuala Casey and Oldrich Holecek


May 4, 2017