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Germany: US and German DMs celebrate ‘deep connection’ on Marshall Plan anniversary02:28

Germany: US and German DMs celebrate ‘deep connection’ on Marshall Plan anniversary

Germany, Garmisch-Partenkirchen
June 28, 2017 at 10:13 GMT -00:00 · Published

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen welcomed her US counterpart Jim Mattis at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Wednesday where both affirmed their commitment to the NATO alliance on the 70th anniversary of the Marshall Plan.

Leyen said that there remained a "deep connection between our two countries that, through the 70 years of the Marshall Plan, after a terrible war, gave us a new beginning", adding that Germany wouldn't forget the trust that former Secretary of state George Marshall had in the country: "We haven't forgotten it. We won't forget it".

Mattis expressed a similar sentiment: "The NATO alliance is as relevant today as it was when it was founded and together our nations work to share the burden to defend freedom" said the retired general. "Germany is NATO’s second-largest contributor and a vital contributor to the united coalition campaign to defeat ISIS that is achieving great success right now" he added.

The Marshall Plan was an American aid initiative to provide Western Europe with the financial means of rebuilding its economies in the aftermath of World War II. The US gave a total of $13 billion (€11.45 billion) over four years.

Germany: US and German DMs celebrate ‘deep connection’ on Marshall Plan anniversary02:28
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German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen welcomed her US counterpart Jim Mattis at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Wednesday where both affirmed their commitment to the NATO alliance on the 70th anniversary of the Marshall Plan.

Leyen said that there remained a "deep connection between our two countries that, through the 70 years of the Marshall Plan, after a terrible war, gave us a new beginning", adding that Germany wouldn't forget the trust that former Secretary of state George Marshall had in the country: "We haven't forgotten it. We won't forget it".

Mattis expressed a similar sentiment: "The NATO alliance is as relevant today as it was when it was founded and together our nations work to share the burden to defend freedom" said the retired general. "Germany is NATO’s second-largest contributor and a vital contributor to the united coalition campaign to defeat ISIS that is achieving great success right now" he added.

The Marshall Plan was an American aid initiative to provide Western Europe with the financial means of rebuilding its economies in the aftermath of World War II. The US gave a total of $13 billion (€11.45 billion) over four years.

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