Britain's Defence Secretary Michael Fallon speaks during a discussion on US and United Kingdom cooperation to combat threat at The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC on July 7, 2017. ( AFP Photo / MANDEL NGAN)
WASHINGTON, July 7 (Xinhua) -- Visiting British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said here on Friday that Britain saw Brexit as an opportunity to strengthen Euro-Atlantic security.
"Today our nations are facing a wave of multiple, concurrent, diverse global threats," said Fallon during his meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, according to a readout by UK's Ministry of Defence.
"Such events demand an international response, so we see Brexit as an opportunity not to step back from European defence but to step up to strengthen Euro-Atlantic security," Fallon said, adding that the UK was bolstering its bonds with NATO.
Fallon also stressed that the UK had consistently met NATO's two percent of GDP spending target, and had been pressing allies to increase their own fiscal commitment.