Updated: 06-Feb-2002 Week of 28 January - 3 February 2002

28 Jan. 2002

Senior US official holds talks at NATO HQ
on international terrorism

On 28 January, Ambassador Francis X. Taylor, Coordinator for Counter-terrorism of the State Department of the United States, came on his third visit to NATO HQ since the 11 September terrorist attacks against New York and Washington D.C. At a joint press point with Ambassador Taylor, NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson, stated that this had been an opportunity to receive a full briefing on the continuing progress of the campaign against terrorism, exchange information and assess the problems that remain to be addressed. In this context, the Secretary General also stressed that the modernisation of the armed forces of NATO member countries to meet new threats, such as terrorism, was ongoing and essential to the future credibility and relevance of the Alliance.

During his visit, Ambassador Taylor briefed the North Atlantic Council -NATO's top decision-making body- on the campaign against terrorism and joined other national experts, in the afternoon, in a meeting of the NATO-Russia Permanent Joint Council dedicated to terrorism. He last visited NATO HQ on 20 September 2001 when he briefed the North Atlantic Council together with US Deputy Secretary of State Armitage, and on 2 October 2001 to announce the results of the US investigation into the origins of the terrorist attacks.

Additional information:

  • High Resolution Photos of the visit to NATO by Ambassador Francis X. Taylor, Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism of the US State Department
  • Audio file of the Press point by NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson and Ambassador Francis X. Taylor, Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism of the State Department (.MP3/2.480Kb )
  • Webmodule: NATO and the Scourge of Terrorism