Remarks With NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

John Kerry
Secretary of State
NATO Headquarters
Brussels, Belgium
June 27, 2016

SECRETARY KERRY: I think we have great expectations for the NATO summit on July 8th and 9th, and I think the E.U. participation, the U.K. engagement with respect to NATO, is as important as ever. And we have high expectations of a very strong NATO meeting with important deliverables that will not change one iota as a consequence of the vote that has taken place.

So we’ll talk about that a little bit today, but I think we all anticipate an even stronger NATO going forward because the clarity is going to be important, and I think everybody – the 22 nations in the E.U. part of NATO – that clarity is already defined.

SECRETARY-GENERAL STOLTENBERG: And I’m looking forward to the NATO summit being an important captain for strengthening further the alliance. And especially after the U.K. decided to leave the European Union, I think that NATO has become even more important as a captain for cooperation between Europe and North America, but also defense and security cooperation between European NATO allies. And cooperation between NATO and the European Union has always been important, but it’s even more important now after the decision of the United Kingdom. So, I look forward to discuss preparations for the summit with Secretary Kerry.


MR KIRBY: Thanks, everybody. Thank you.

SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you all very much.