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]

Visegrád Four: Key Partners in the Transatlantic Community
 
On May 14, I hosted my counterparts from the foreign ministries of Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia.  These four Central European countries form a consultative group called the Visegrád Four, or V4.  Although under Communist rule from the 1940s until 1989, in less than a generation they have successfully built democratic governments and transitioned to market economies, earning membership in NATO and the European Union. MORE

Secretary Kerry’s Meetings in Brussels

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry looks on as Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani shake hands after their trilateral meeting in Brussels, Belgium, on April 24, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

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Following a busy Tuesday at NATO, Secretary of State John Kerry continued to meet with foreign leaders in Brussels today. Secretary Kerry began this morning with “an expansive conservation” with Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, before he met with Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze and then held a dialogue with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani. His meetings covered an extensive range of topics, from the importance of trade negotiations to security… more »

Secretary Kerry Attends NATO Foreign Ministers Meeting in Brussels

Foreign Ministers from NATO countries begin the North Atlantic Council meeting on the Middle East and Syria at NATO headquarters on April 23, 2013, in Brussels, Belgium. [AP Photo]

About the Author: David Siefkin serves as Public Affairs Advisor at the U.S. Mission to NATO.

This morning, Secretary of State John Kerry arrived at NATO to take his seat for the first time at the North Atlantic Council, the governing body of NATO, as ministers of the 28 Allies converged to discuss some of the world’s most sensitive questions. Secretary Kerry strode past the cameras and photographers, as journalists pleaded with him in French to make a comment. “Apres, après," Kerry said, "afterwards."

The atmosphere inside the meeting room was somber, as developments in Syria and Korea were on the morning agenda. Just before the meeting began, NATO Secretary-General Rasmussen told the journalists outside, “We can see that the situation in Syria is getting worse. We cannot ignore the risks of a regional spill-over with possible implications for Allied security.… more »