Belgium: Pompeo welcomed in Brussels ahead of NATO meeting

SOT, Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State: «It's great to be here.» SOT, Jens Stoltenberg NATO Secretary General: «So, let me just first of all, welcome you to NATO. It's great to have you here and congratulations to you on your appointment as Secretary of State of the United States. It is great to have you here at the NATO headquarters and it is great also to know that this is your first act in... Еще your new position. And for me that's is a great expression of the importance of the alliance and the importance you attached to the alliance and I look very much to working with you to countinue to adapt NATO to a more demanding security environment. And your valid and long experience make you a perfect person to be the top diplomat of the United States, so once again congratulations and welcome to NATO.» SOT, Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State: «Thank you very much.» SOT, Jens Stoltenberg NATO Secretary General: «Thank you.» SOT, Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State: «Thank you, I appreciate that. I just want to thank you for hosting me. I did come straight away, I was sworn in yesterday afternoon, hopped on a plane then came straight here. There's good reason for that. The work that has being done here today is invaluable, our objectives are important and this mission matters an awful lot to the United States of America. The president very much wanted me to get here and I am glad we are able to make it and I look forward for a productive visit here today.» Newly-appointed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg met in the NATO headquarters in Brussels, Friday for the first time after Pompeo has entered the office. «I did come straight away, I was sworn in yesterday and I hopped on a plane,» said Pompeo. He underlined that the joint work of NATO and the US «is invaluable and our objectives are important and this mission means a lot to the United States of America.» «The president very much wanted me to get here and I'm glad we were able to make it, and I look forward to a productive visit here today,» concluded Pompeo. Stoltenberg greeted Pompeo before the meeting and congratulated him with the appointment. «That is a great expression of the importance of the alliance and the importance you attached to the alliance and I look very much to working with you to countinue to adapt NATO to a more demanding security environment,» said Stoltenberg. Pompeo, Stoltenberg and European Defence Ministers are expected to have a series of meetings on the relationship with Russia, the situation in the Middle East, NATO policy for the new members and other issues.

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