Peter Cook, Pentagon press secretary, told reporters that Defense Secretary Ash Carter has assured his U.K. counterpart, Michael Fallon, that the two nations will continue to maintain close defense ties, DoD News reported Friday.
Terri Moon Cronk writes the two countries will also continue their respective roles in global security issues including support for NATO operations against the Islamic State.
“The two leaders committed to work together to strengthen international partnerships that have helped ensure security for the U.S., U.K., Europe and the world,” said Cook.
DoD News noted 246 strikes have been conducted in support of local ground forces in Manbij, Syria since operations began in May. Government forces have also cleared more than 70 percent of Fallujah in Iraq.
DoD officials and counterparts from South Korea and Japan have also discussed strategies to address recent missile launches from North Korea, the report added.