On April 19, 2021, the Belgian and German defence ministers, Ludivine Dedonder and Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, met in person for the very first time.
They discussed the close bilateral collaborations and current political issues such as:
Minister Kramp-Karrenbauer states:
“I am delighted that we have been able to meet in person here in Brussels, in spite of the adverse circumstances. This shows the important role we play for each other as friends, neighbours and allies. Our excellent cooperation is based on trust and has evolved over decades. Together, we intend to establish a firm position for both the EU and NATO in the upcoming strategic processes. Our armed forces conduct operations together and actively build on our tried and tested cooperation and our close contact.”
Minister Dedonder states:
"Our two nations maintain multiple collaborative relationships: bilateral but also within the framework of European partnerships and of the Atlantic alliance. I welcome this constructive dialogue allowing for positive advances in operational matters which demonstrate our common desire to collaborate. This meeting allows us to reaffirm our common vision of a global and multilateral approach to crises and to underline the importance of strong relations between partners and allies for a strong Collective Defence."
Germany and Belgium share many fruitful defence partnerships, both strategically and operationally. Within the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCOPermanent Structured Cooperation) Germany and Belgium, collaborate in seven projects. Both countries are also Eurocorps framework nations and are collaborating in a multilateral framework on the NH90 program or the 8 MRTTMulti Role Transport Tanker planes (Multi-Role Tanker Transport).
The Belgian Defence's participation in the NATO Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan is carried out in collaboration with the Bundeswehr. A coordinated withdrawal will be elaborated together with Germany. Both forces are collaborating in Mali (Minusma), in Lithuania (NATO enhanced Forward Presence) and in Jordan as part of the Inherent Resolve Operation conducted by the Coalition against Da'esh where the detachment of 4 Belgian F-16s is integrated into a German camp on the Azraq air base.