The United States and South Africa Departments of Defense met in Pretoria, 24-25 October 2017 for the annual Defense Committee. Both sides reaffirmed their strong defense partnership and shared views on a range of topics including regional security, peacekeeping operations, military training and exercises, and cooperation in technology and armament. The meeting brought together defense professionals for active dialogue and further strengthened this valuable relationship. The United States Department of Defense expressed thanks to South Africa for hosting joint exercise Shared Accord in August, 2017. Both sides expressed their expectation in the continuance of this great partnership.