U.S. President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met each other at the White House on Friday, where they discussed also Afghanistan.
At a joint press conference following the meeting, Trump praised Merkel for her “leadership in supporting NATO and its efforts in Afghanistan.”
“This has come at significant cost, including the lives of over 50 German soldiers, whose sacrifice we greatly honor,” Trump said.
He also appreciated German government’s commitment to increase defense spending and work toward contributing at least 2 percent of GDP.
It was Merkel’s first visit to U.S. after Donald Trump took office as president in January.
“What was important for us today was that we were able to talk about Afghanistan… talks about the continuing mission of Germany in Afghanistan,” Merkel said. “I am very glad that the United States are intending to continue to commit to the Afghan mission as well.”
The German leader said that her country is going to step up its work and is going to continue its work in Afghanistan.