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Stoltenberg Says Had 'Good Talk' With Trump About NATO Future

NATO Chief 'Certain' Trump Will Honor Security Commitments
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WATCH: NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said he is confident President-elect Donald Trump will honor U.S. security commitments in Europe. Addressing a conference in Brussels hosted by the German Marshall Fund, Stoltenberg said NATO was key to providing stability on both sides of the Atlantic. The head of the 28-member military alliance also said increasing European defense spending was a top priority. Trump caused concern during the U.S. presidential election campaign when he called NATO "obsolete" and said the U.S. could withhold support from alliance members unless they increased military spending. (RFE/RL)

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg says he has had a positive talk with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on the future of the Western military alliance.

"Good talk with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. We both underlined the enduring importance of NATO and increased defense spending," Stoltenberg tweeted on November 18.

A NATO statement said Stoltenberg spoke by phone with Trump, congratulating him on his election victory and looking forward to working with his national security team.

The statement said Stoltenberg thanked Trump for "raising the issue of defense spending during the campaign, which has been a top priority for the secretary-general since his appointment in 2014."

"The two leaders agreed that progress has been made on fairer burden-sharing but that there is more to do," it added.

Trump caused consternation among NATO allies in Europe during the election campaign when he suggested Washington might think twice about coming to the rescue of an ally under threat if it had not paid its NATO dues.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP