WASHINGTON (AP) _ Defense Secretary William Cohen has postponed a planned two-day visit to Germany so he can work on the Pentagon's fiscal 2000 budget.

``I plan to go to Germany in February and meet with leaders of the new German government then,'' Cohen said in a statement Saturday.

The defense secretary, who was scheduled to leave Sunday, was to meet with his German counterpart, Rudolf Scharping, and the new chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder. He also was to speak with students attending the Marshall Center in Garmisch.

On Thursday, Cohen plans to attend a two-day NATO session in Brussels, Belgium. While there, he also plans to meet with a number of allied ministers of defense in preparation for the NATO summit in Washington in April 1999.