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Mattis Plans Trip to Meet With French Leaders, Attend NATO Conference

Secretary of Defense James Mattis addresses National Guard leaders at the National Guard Association of the United States 140th General Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, Aug. 25, 2018. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jim Greenhill)
September 28, 2018

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Defense Secretary James N. Mattis embarks Oct.1 on a trip that includes stops in France and Belgium, Pentagon officials announced today.

In Paris, Mattis will meet with key leaders to reaffirm the long-standing U.S.-French defense relationship and conduct bilateral meetings with senior leaders, officials said.

In Brussels, he will attend the final NATO defense ministers conference of 2018. Officials said he will meet with allied and partner nations Oct. 3-4 to reinforce the need for equitable burden sharing, discuss implementation plans for key NATO summit outcomes, and reinforce the U.S. commitment to the alliance.

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