Nato chief 'confident of US commitment' to alliance

Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says they will look into strengthening transatlantic bond in summit next month

Nato chief 'confident of US commitment' to alliance

World Bulletin / News Desk

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday said he is “absolutely confident that “the US is committed to NATO and the transatlantic bond.”

Speaking at a joint press conference alongside British Prime minister Theresa May in London following a meeting, Stoltenberg said “the U.S. commitment to NATO is not only words but also in deeds.”

“Action speaks louder than words and we see that now the U.S. is strengthening, increasing their presence in Europe,” he said.

Stoltenberg added that he believes that the leaders of the 29 NATO member states would look into how to “further strengthen that transatlantic bond” at the July summit in Brussels.

Also speaking on the transatlantic bond, British Prime Minister Theresa May said there are a number of issues “we disagree with the U.S. […] we disagree for example […] on the Iran nuclear deal […] but the relationship is we are able to come together and discuss these issues.”

“Just as in NATO, we are able to come together and discuss how we can continue to work together and continue to cooperate together for the benefit of all, for the future,” May said.

British premiere said a range of issues discussed during the meeting with the NATO chief “underlines why NATO is as vital now as it ever has been.”

May said the U.K. exceeds NATO’s spending target of 2 percent of the GDP by each member states and deploys thousands of troops in Poland, Estonia, Romania, Iraq and Afghanistan.

“I am proud that whenever the call comes from NATO the U.K. is one of the first to respond. But while we step up we cannot allow NATO to stand still,” May said.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Haziran 2018, 11:27