Nato opens new chapter in transatlantic cooperation to address China, Russia

Brussels, Jun 14 (EFE).- Nato leaders met Monday in Brussels hoping to establish a “new chapter” in transatlantic cooperation that addresses challenges such as growing tensions with Russia and the rise of China.

“When we stand together we can overcome any threat to our security,” said secretary general of the Alliance Jens Stoltenberg during his opening remarks at a meeting of the alliance’s heads of state and government.

“Today we will open a new chapter in transatlantic relations by agreeing on Nato 2030, a transatlantic agenda for the future.”

Stoltenberg said the organization is facing a pivotal moment, amid growing geopolitical competition, regional instability, terrorism, cyberattacks and climate change.

“No nation and no continent can deal with these challenges alone. But Europe and North America are not alone. We stand together in Nato,” said Stoltenberg.

The Nato secretary general boasted the alliance members’ collective economic and military might, which account for half of the world’s economic muscle and more than half of the globe’s military strength.

Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, who is hosting the summit, also pronounced opening remarks before the doors closed for the private meeting.

“(Nato) remains critical to our security and our freedom, both for Europe and for North America,” he said.

The Belgian PM also addressed US President Joe Biden, welcoming his visit as a “renewal” of the transatlantic partnership.

At his arrival in the Nato headquarters, Biden emphasized the importance of the organization for US interests, and reasserted the country’s commitment to article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty.

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