Deputy Defense Secretary, U.K. Counterpart Discuss Defense, Security Priorities

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September 30, 2021 | Originally published by U.S. Department of Defense on September 21, 2021

Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen H. Hicks met with U.K. National Security Advisor Sir Stephen Lovegrove to reaffirm the U.S.-U.K. bilateral relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom, a Defense Department spokesman said.

“I met with U.K. National Security Advisor Sir Stephen Lovegrove yesterday to discuss our wide-ranging U.S.-U.K. defense and security relationship — including the recently announced [Australia-U.K.-U.S.] trilateral partnership,” the Deputy Defense Secretary said in a tweet.

The two leaders met at the Pentagon and exchanged views on defense and security priorities, including the progress on U.S. strategic reviews and the recently announced Australian, U.K., and U.S. trilateral security partnership to ensure peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region, the spokesman said.

Hicks also conveyed thanks to Lovegrove for U.K. assistance during the U.S. evacuation from Afghanistan last month, and she highlighted U.S.-U.K. naval cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, as demonstrated by the ongoing Carrier Strike Group 21 deployment, according to the spokesman.

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