Mattis, Romania’s Defense Minister Agree to Continue Defense Cooperation


Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with Romanian Defense Minister Mihai Fifor today at the Pentagon to reaffirm the long-standing defense relationship between the United States and Romania, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said.

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis hosts a meeting with Romanian Defense Minister Mihai Fifor at the Pentagon.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis hosts a meeting with Romanian Defense Minister Mihai Fifor at the Pentagon, Sept. 26, 2018. DoD photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis hosts a meeting with Romanian Defense Minister Mihai Fifor at the Pentagon.
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Defense Secretary James N. Mattis hosts a meeting with Romanian Defense Minister Mihai Fifor at the Pentagon, Sept. 26, 2018. DoD photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.

In a statement summarizing the meeting, White said Mattis thanked Fifor for his country's continued leadership in NATO and its contributions to the alliance’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan.

Black Sea Security

“They agreed to continue defense cooperation and to promote security in the Black Sea region,” White said. 

Mattis praised Fifor on Romania's military modernization efforts and their defense spending commitments to NATO, she said, and he noted that these efforts make Romania a model ally.