Biden and Stoltenberg discuss global challenges including Afghanistan
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg spoke to US President Joe Biden on Tuesday night and agreed they need to work together on various global challenges including countering terrorism in Afghanistan.
Afghan voice agency (AVA)_In a statement issued by NATO, Stoltenberg congratulated Biden on his inauguration, and said “was a powerful demonstration of the strength of ’s_democracy and the values we share, and the start of a new chapter for our transatlantic Alliance.”
also welcomed Biden’s focus on rebuilding alliances, stressing that NATO is the place where Europeans and Americans meet every day and that together, “we can face challenges that none of our nations can face alone.”
The two agreed to work together on preparing the NATO Summit in Brussels later this year, where leaders will take decisions to make the Alliance even stronger, read the statement.
They also discussed the range of challenges that face, such as countering international terrorism, including in Afghanistan and Iraq, dealing with a more assertive Russia, and addressing the implications for the security of the rise of China.
Biden and Stoltenberg also affirmed their intention to work together on other global challenges such as climate change and the pandemic.
They stressed the need to maintain the momentum for increased defense spending, to keep Alliance nations safe.