During their talks, Mr. Stoltenberg and Secretary Mattis discussed how the Alliance can do even more in the fight against terrorism, and NATO’s missions in Afghanistan and Kosovo. The two leaders also reviewed progress on NATO defence spending and agreed on the importance of fairer burden-sharing between Allies.
Today, the Secretary General also met with Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati. Later today, Mr. Stoltenberg is expected to meet with Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari.
Tomorrow, the Secretary General will attend a meeting of the Counter-ISIL Coalition, hosted by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. All 28 NATO Allies are members of the Coalition, and NATO is providing direct support to Coalition forces with AWACS surveillance flights. The Alliance is also strengthening its support for partners in North Africa and the Middle East, including by training Iraqi military personnel.