NATO Secretary General congratulates President Joe Biden on his inauguration

  • 20 Jan. 2021 -
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  • Last updated: 20 Jan. 2021 17:45

On behalf of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, I congratulate Joe Biden on his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States and Kamala Harris as the Vice President. Today is the start of a new chapter for the transatlantic Alliance.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and then US Vice President Joe Biden at the Munich Security Conference in February 2015

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The bond between North America and Europe is the bedrock of our security, and a strong NATO is good for both North America and Europe. For more than seventy years, our transatlantic Alliance has guaranteed freedom, peace, and security for our people. U.S. leadership remains essential as we work together to protect our democracies, our values and the rules-based international order.

NATO Allies need to stand together to address the security consequences of the rise of China, the threat of terrorism, including in Afghanistan and Iraq, and a more assertive Russia. None of us can face these challenges alone, but together in NATO, we represent one billion people, and half of the world’s military and economic might.   

So I look forward to working closely with President Biden and welcoming him to the NATO Summit in Brussels later this year. Our focus will be NATO2030, the initiative to make our strong Alliance even stronger and fit for the future.