WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The two defense chiefs held a bilateral meeting on the margins of the NATO defense ministerial in Brussels, Belgium.
"Secretary Mattis noted his intent to keep the special relationship between the US and the UK uniquely close by actively tending to it and showing it remains a cornerstone for US security and defense policy," release said on Wednesday.
Mattis also thanked Fallon for UK's leadership in NATO and acknowledged Britain’s increased defense spending.
On Tuesday, Mattis arrived in Europe for the first time since taking office to attend a NATO defense ministers’ meeting in Brussels, Belgium.
Mattis will then fly on to Germany to attend the annual Munich Security Conference from February 17 to February 19 where he will hold meetings with defense ministers with other major nations from around the world.