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NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg announced on Tuesday that he had spoken to US President Joe Biden about preparing for the next NATO summit, and also discussed with him the challenges that
Stoltenberg praised Biden’s “focus on rebuilding alliances,” according to a NATO statement, after four years during which President Donald Trump criticized long-standing alliances.
Stoltenberg stressed that “NATO is the place where Europeans and Americans meet every day, and together we can face challenges that no country of us can face alone.”
The alliance added in its statement that Stoltenberg and Biden “have agreed to work together to prepare for the NATO summit in Brussels later this year, where leaders will take decisions that make our strong alliance stronger.”
The statement stated that they discussed common challenges such as “combating international terrorism, including in Afghanistan and Iraq, and dealing with Russia, which is working to enhance its presence, and with the effects of Chinas rise on our security.”
The two parties pledged to cooperate to tackle climate change and the Covid-19 epidemic, and called for maintaining “the momentum to increase defense spending”.
The next NATO summit is scheduled to be held at NATO headquarters in Brussels, but the timing depends on the circumstances of the epidemic.