NATO ‘Looking Forward’ to Working With Trump Administration

ISTANBUL (AP) -
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during the NATO Parliamentary Assembly 62nd Annual Session in Istanbul, Turkey, November 21, 2016. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during the NATO Parliamentary Assembly 62nd Annual Session in Istanbul, Turkey, Monday. (Reuters/Murad Sezer)

NATO’s general secretary says he is “looking forward” to working with Donald Trump’s upcoming U.S. administration and reiterated the trans-Atlantic alliance’s dedication to increasing funds from non-U.S. members.

Speaking at the NATO summit in Istanbul Monday, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said President-elect Trump had assured him of America’s “strong support” for the alliance and the security of Europe during a phone call.

Stoltenberg added that Trump pointed out during Friday’s call  the “importance of increased defense spending among European allies.”

During the election campaign, Trump had called for increasing contributions from allies.

Stoltenberg mentioned that all members had pledged to dedicate 2 percent of their GDP to defense spending at the 2014 NATO summit in Wales.