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Secretary of State for Defence, Gavin Williamson, seen here with German Minister of Defence, Ursula von der Leyen on Sennelager Ranges, Germany, meeting British and German troops.

Gavin Williamson, alongside his German counterpart Ursula von der Leyen, signed a Joint Vision Statement today deepening the already strong UK-German relationship and increasing defence cooperation across a range of areas, from tackling violent extremism to building new military capabilities.

Secretary of State for Defence, Gavin Williamson, seen here with German Minister of Defence, Ursula von der Leyen, on Sennelager Ranges, Germany before the signing the Joint Vision Statement.

The Defence Secretary also attended a demonstration from UK and German personnel who form part of the combined river crossing capability in Minden – a capability vital to NATO operations. The visit comes after the announcement that the Army will be permanently based in the country beyond 2020.
The events in Germany followed a meeting of NATO Defence Ministers in Brussels, in which Mr. Williamson stood shoulder to shoulder with Allies in condemnation of reckless and indiscriminate Russian cyber-attacks.

Signing the Joint Vision Statement

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