The new US Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, seeks to confirm Washington’s commitment to NATO, as he will promise the allies not to take any important decision without consulting with them, according to Agence France-Presse.
The defense ministers of the member states of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will hold a meeting via “video conference” on next Wednesday and Thursday.
For his part, a Pentagon spokesman, John Kirby, indicated that Austin would convey a “positive message about the importance of NATO.”
Kirby said that Austin “wants to revive our commitment to the alliance,” noting that his message will be: “We are better when we move together, and working as a team makes us stronger, and collective security is a common security, and it is also in our common interest.”
The Pentagon spokesman also stated that the thorny file represented by the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan, scheduled for next May, will be at the top of the talks program, but he “does not expect any decision to be announced,” noting that “the supreme leader, that is, the new American president, Joe Biden is making this kind of decision. “
And he added: “As he told his counterparts, especially in NATO, no decision will be taken without duly consulting and discussing with them.”
It is worth noting that the United States pledged to withdraw all its forces from Afghanistan by May 2021, according to the historic agreement signed in February 2020 between Washington and the “Taliban” movement, under the custody of former US President Donald Trump, in exchange for the Taliban providing security guarantees.
Source: “France Press”