Pompeo urges NATO partners to address common challenges

WASHINGTON, US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said Friday the NATO confronts multiple challenges that require more concerted efforts by its member states.

Delivering a statement on the US foreign policy, he said, “NATO is central to American national security.” He made the comments at a conference “In Tribute to Human Freedom;” organized by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

“When NATO was created (in 1949), no one was contemplating that NATO’s two primary missions would both be the counterterrorism mission,” Pompeo recalled. “There’s a big NATO force in Afghanistan today, and there’s a significant NATO presence working against another counterterrorism issue,” he said.

“One of the things NATO is looking at today is: How does NATO deal with China? You don’t think about it as an organization designed to do that, but the cyber threat isn’t geographically limited. “NATO is confronted by Chinese efforts to undermine its security, its communications security. And so we’re mindful that the organization has to evolve. We saw what Turkey did these past weeks, right – a NATO ally,” he reminded. “It is not the case that there will ever be perfect alignment inside of NATO. We shouldn’t wish it away. “We should confront it, address it, and make sure that the alliance is executing a mission with every country participating at the level that will permit NATO to continue to be successful,” Secretary Pompeo added.

Source: Kuwait News Agency