NATO denies the issue of cracks that haunt the group

The top North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) official has indicated that it would be a mistake to view the troop withdrawal from Afghanistan or the tensions between France and the United States as indications of weakening alliances between the Transatlantic group of nations.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance would remain united and strong against threats from both old and new foes.

“Questions are being asked about the strength of the bond between Europe and North America,” Stoltenberg told a group of attendees at Georgetown University in Washington following a series of meetings with top US officials.

“The overall situation has not changed,” he said. “We don’t know what the next crisis will be, but we know that no matter what happens, it will be safer if we stick together.”

Stoltenberg specifically dismissed accusations that US President Joe Biden sidelined his NATO allies when he decided to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan.

“The perception that the US is not consulting is wrong,” Stoltenberg said. “That’s blatantly wrong.”

The NATO leader also said, while France was disappointed with the new security alliance known as AUKUS involving the US, UK and Australia, “NATO allies agree on the overall situation that we need to unite and also work with our partners in Asia. Pacific.”

As is known, the US and UK will share technology with Australia to build nuclear submarines in the AUKUS alliance. (jm / pp)

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