OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON
MARCH 30, 2020
Secretary Pompeo’s Call with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
Office of the Spokesperson
The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to discuss Transatlantic cooperation and the upcoming NATO Foreign Ministerial. Secretary Pompeo emphasized U.S. support for NATO and the importance of Transatlantic unity. The Secretary and the Secretary General discussed how NATO is helping to coordinate Allied responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and the importance of countering efforts by the People’s Republic of China and Russia to spread disinformation and propaganda related to the virus. They also discussed the need for Afghan leaders to form an inclusive government that makes reaching a political settlement a priority and bolsters the security of the state. The Secretary thanked the Secretary General for his efforts to move the Ministerial to a virtual format, demonstrating NATO’s adaptability and ability to maintain strong communication among Allies even in times of crisis.