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U.S. President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. met on Monday with Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to discuss the June 14 NATO Summit in Brussels.
“The President expressed his strong commitment to working closely with allies to build on NATO’s seven decades of success safeguarding transatlantic security and democratic values,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement. “The two leaders agreed on the importance of the NATO 2030 initiative to adapt the Alliance to meet the challenges of strategic competition and transnational threats, including climate change and cyberattacks.”
Biden and Stoltenberg also reviewed “Allies’ progress over the last seven years in boosting defense spending and other contributions to our common defense, underscoring the importance of sharing responsibility equitably within NATO and ensuring NATO is adequately resourced to address the threat environment,” Psaki said.
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In addition, they discussed NATO’s two decades of investment in Afghanistan and continued support for diplomatic peace efforts, she added.
The meeting comes ahead of President Biden’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva Switzerland.