U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy Spencer P. Boyer welcomed Jan Jireš, Director General for Defense Policy and Strategy of the Ministry of Defense of the Czech Republic, to the Pentagon for the annual High-Level Defense Group discussion yesterday, Nov. 7. In a time marked by geopolitical shifts, their meeting today focused on fortifying the defense partnership and addressing key security challenges facing both nations and the broader region.
The talks were productive, with both sides reiterating their dedication to the United States-Czech defense relationship, which stands as a testament to the enduring friendship and the shared commitment to democratic principles and human rights. They voiced unanimous support for Ukraine in its efforts to defend its sovereignty, condemning aggression and pledging ongoing assistance.
Deputy Assistant Secretary Boyer praised the Czech Republic’s leadership within NATO, particularly for their role as the Framework Nation for the NATO Battlegroup in Slovakia, recognizing it as a cornerstone of stability in NATO’s Eastern Flank.
This year is especially significant as it marks three decades of a unique and flourishing partnership with the Czech Republic through the State Partnership Program with not just one, but two U.S. states, Nebraska, and Texas. This alliance has fostered cooperation and understanding, strengthening ties between the military and civilian sectors of the respective states and the Czech Republic.
Boyer expressed, “The United States values the Czech Republic as a key ally, and our discussions today have further solidified our shared vision for a peaceful and stable Europe. We will continue to work closely with our Czech partners to advance our common goals and face global challenges together.”
As they concluded, both representatives agreed to maintain a close dialogue and work together on initiatives enhancing the strategic cooperation under the SPP and within the NATO framework, to ensure a coordinated approach to current and future security issues.