MUNICH, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Saturday that his country will "strongly support NATO" as European members of the military alliance are worried about security uncertainties arising from possible change in U.S. policy.
Pence told European leaders that he brought a message from U.S. President Donald Trump that the United States will be "unwavering" in its commitment to trans-Atlantic institutions like NATO.
He made the remarks at the ongoing Munich Security Conference (MSC), a major global security forum which originally focused only on transatlantic relations.
Pence's remarks came one day after U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis reassured European leaders that the transatlantic bond is "the strongest bulwark against instability and violence" at MSC, stressing that his country's security is tied to Europe.
While seeking to reassure European leaders, Pence also urged NATO members to shoulder their fair share. "NATO requires your commitment as much as ours," he said.
This year's MSC, the 53rd of its kind, opened Friday afternoon. Over 500 high-ranking officials from around the world and representatives of international organizations and businesses took part in the three-day event.
First held in 1963, the annual MSC, once dubbed a "transatlantic family gathering," has evolved into an independent forum dedicated to promoting peaceful solutions of conflicts and international cooperation.
BRUSSELS, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- Defense ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) ended their two-day talks in Brussels on Thursday whose agenda was dominated by discussions about increasing defense spending.
The issue became more consequential as U.S. President Donald Trump called for fair burden-sharing. Full story
BRUSSELS, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- NATO defense ministers on Thursday decided to take further measures to strengthen its deterrence and defense, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.
Speaking at a press conference following the ministerial meeting, Stoltenberg said the bloc would complement its strengthened regional posture in the Black Sea region, based on a multinational framework brigade in Romania.Full story