US, Britain agreed on robust defense spending: Clinton

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The United States and Britain are in agreement on the need of NATO countries for maintaining "a sufficient level of defense investment," an advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.

Clinton met her British counterpart William Hague on the sidelines of a NATO meeting in Brussels on Thursday, where she had warned against plans to slash Britain's military spending.

"She and the Foreign Secretary agreed on how important it will be for NATO allies to maintain a sufficient level of defense investment," her senior advisor Philippe Reines told reporters late Thursday.

Clinton also "underscored how proud the United States is to stand shoulder to shoulder with Britain on all of our shared security challenges and how confident we are in our future cooperation," Reines added.

The comments came ahead of a defense review in Britain next week where the government of Prime Minister David Cameron is seeking a reduction of up to 10 percent in the Ministry of Defense's budget between 2011 and 2015.

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