UK, US To Strengthen Defence Ties

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US Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper (R, front) and UK Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace (L, front. (Xinhua/Zheng Huansong)
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Esper and Wallace addressed a broad range of defense issues, including the transatlantic relationship, and the two allies’ parallel nuclear defense capability modernization programs…reports Asian Lite News

US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper met British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace at the Pentagon over security ties and regional issues.

Esper and Wallace on Thursday discussed mutual security concerns, the security situation in the Middle East, Africa, and Afghanistan, Xinhua news agency reported citing a Pentagon statement as saying.

The two officials addressed a broad range of defense issues, including the transatlantic relationship, and the two allies’ parallel nuclear defense capability modernization programs.

The statement said that Esper expressed appreciation for Britain’s leadership role in several areas, including at NATO, and its ongoing contributions to international missions, in particular the International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC).

The IMSC is a maritime security mission launched by the US last year, which aims to ensure the safety of shipping in the Gulf.

The British Royal Navy assumed command of the IMSC in January.

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