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FILE PHOTO: German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen is pictured next to a German Bundeswehr armed forces Sikorsky CH-53 helicopter of the Helicopter Wing 64 during her visit at Holzdorf Air Base, south of Berlin, Germany, July 24, 2018. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo


NIEDERSTETTEN, Germany (Reuters) - German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Monday she was optimistic that negotiations with the finance ministry and German lawmakers would result in additional funds for major procurement programmes.

"I am optimistic because we have a clear prioritisation," von der Leyen told reporters when asked about the prospect of securing additional funds. She said ensuring the protection of soldiers and digitalisation were the ministry's top priorities, followed by a large number of weapons programmes.

However she cautioned that initiation of new weapons programmes also depended on the successful negotiation of contracts to ensure that funds could be allocated.

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Michelle Martin)

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