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Pence takes charm offensive to EU and NATO

    20th February, 2017 11:25:25 printer

Pence takes
charm offensive
to EU and NATO

US Vice-President Mike Pence and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker gesture at the European Commission in Brussels on Monday. - AFP photo

BRUSSELS:  US Vice President Mike Pence meets EU and NATO leaders Monday at the end of a European trip aimed at reassuring allies worried that President Donald Trump might abandon them, report agencies.

 

Upon arrival in Brussels on Sunday, Pence said he looked “very much forward” to his meetings with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

 

Brussels follows a visit to the Munich Security Conference, where Pence told European leaders and defence experts: “The United States is and will always be your greatest ally.

 

“President Trump and our people are truly devoted to our transatlantic union.”

 

Trump’s criticism of NATO as “obsolete”, his praise for Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, and his apparent tilt to Russian President Vladimir Putin have unnerved US allies. And they continue to seek reassurance from Washington even though Pence, Defence Secretary James Mattis and US Secretary of

 

State Rex Tillerson hewed close to seven decades of transatlantic policy during their foray into Europe.

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