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Remarks With NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Before Their Meeting

SECRETARY GENERAL STOLTENBERG: So let me just, first of all, welcome you to NATO. It’s great to have you here, and congratulations to you on your appointment as Secretary of State of the United States. It’s great to have you here at the NATO Headquarters, and it’s also great to know that this is your first act in your new position. And for me, that’s a great expression of the importance of the alliance and the importance you attach to that � to the alliance. And I look very much forward to working with you to continue to adapt NATO to a more demanding security environment. And your varied and long experience make you a perfect person to be the top diplomat of the United States. So, once again, congratulations and welcome to NATO.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you very much. Thank you. I appreciate that. I just � I want to thank you for hosting me. I did come straight away. I was sworn in yesterday afternoon, hopped on a plane, and came straight here. There’s good reason for that. The work that’s being done here today is invaluable. Our objectives are important, and this mission matters an awful lot to the United States of America and the President very much wanted me to get here, and I’m glad we were able to make it, and I look forward to a productive visit here today.

SECRETARY GENERAL STOLTENBERG: Thank you. Okay, welcome then.

Source: U.S. Department of State

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