Fw: Foreign pool report #2

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is making his first White House visit in that role, but had previously met with Obama as Norwegian prime minister.

Stoltenberg notes that he and Obama have a "common understanding that the alliance is facing a new security environment" and that there is an important need for US leadership.

He noted the importance of US military presence in Europe and the "biggest reinforcement of collective defence since the end of the cold war."

On Crimea and Ukraine, he called for the full implementation of the Minsk agreement, calling it the "path to peace" and calling on Russia to withdraw its support and forces from Ukraine.

On Islamic State, he noted the importance of increasing the ability of partners to defend themselves and project stability, pointing to projects in Iraq and Jordan. NATO is also ready to help Libya when conditions are right.

He called on all members of the alliance to live up to their commitments on defence spending and halt cuts to defence budgets, but praises the US for fulfilling its pledges.

Anne K. Walters
German Press Agency, dpa

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