Secretary of State John Kerry accompanied President Barack Obama to Wales to participate in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit on September 4-5. While in Wales, Secretary Kerry met with several foreign counterparts to discuss regional issues, including the United States’ ongoing efforts to support the Iraqi government and the threats posed by ISIL. Following a meeting on ISIL, Secretary Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel issued a joint statement, which you can read here.

Secretary of State John Kerry accompanied President Barack Obama to Wales to participate in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit on September 4-5. While in Wales, Secretary Kerry met with several foreign counterparts to discuss regional issues, including the United States’ ongoing efforts to support the Iraqi government and the threats posed by ISIL. Following a meeting on ISIL, Secretary Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel issued a joint statement, which you can read here.

Joint Op-Ed by President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron: ‘We Will Not Be Cowed by Barbaric Killers’
In a joint Op-Ed in the Times of London, U.S. President Barack Obama and United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron addresses the importance of the NATO alliance in confronting evolving challenges in the world today. The text of their Op-Ed appears below. 
 
"When Nato last met in Britain in 1990 the Cold War was ending. As Margaret Thatcher and President Bush, Sr. pledged to continue to stand together, many might have thought that a new era of peace and prosperity would make this great security alliance less relevant. But today Nato is as vital to our future as it has ever been.

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NATO Wales Summit: A Family of Nations Committed to Peace and Freedom

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With only six days remaining until President Obama and other world leaders gather in Wales, final preparations are in full gear for the NATO Summit.  In this two-day event, President Obama and other world leaders will focus on a diverse range of challenges: the Ukraine crisis and the impact of Russia’s actions on transatlantic security; NATO’s evolving mission in Afghanistan; the readiness of Alliance capabilities; and the deepening and broadening of NATO’s partnerships.

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We need to remember that ISIL is a terrorist army that threatens not only Iraq, but threatens every country in the region which is opposed to it, and Europe and the United States.
Secretary Kerry at NATO, June 25, 2014
President Obama and Poland’s President Komorowski spoke to members of the US and Polish militaries at Warsaw Okecie Military Airport this morning.

President Obama and Poland’s President Komorowski spoke to members of the US and Polish militaries at Warsaw Okecie Military Airport this morning.

On April 4, 1949, Secretary of State Dean Acheson signed the most successful military-political treaty in the world. This treaty has been protecting citizens and keeping peace around the world ever since. Happy Birthday, NATO!

On April 4, 1949, Secretary of State Dean Acheson signed the most successful military-political treaty in the world. This treaty has been protecting citizens and keeping peace around the world ever since. Happy Birthday, NATO!

As free nations, we will continue to stand together in defense of international law, our mutual security, and the right of nations and people everywhere to freely choose their own destiny.
Secretary Kerry at NATO, April 2, 2014
Last night, Secretary Kerry toured the Christmas-bedecked Grand Place in Brussels after NATO Ministerial meetings.

Last night, Secretary Kerry toured the Christmas-bedecked Grand Place in
Brussels after NATO Ministerial meetings.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the in Washington, D.C., on May 30, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]