Mattis speaks with NATO chief, highlighting importance of alliance

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 23, 2017 6:30 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S Secretary of Defense James Mattis spoke with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday to highlight the importance he places on the military alliance.

"The two leaders discussed the importance of our shared values, and the secretary emphasized that when looking for allies to help defend these values, the United States always starts with Europe," Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said in a statement regarding the call.

(Reporting by Idrees Ali; Editing by Chris Reese)