July 12, 2018 / 2:38 PM / 5 days ago

United States '100 percent committed to NATO', Mattis says after summit

ZAGREB (Reuters) - U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday that the United States fully supported NATO, saying it had emerged stronger from a two-day summit thanks to reforms and commitments made by allies to their common defence.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reviews a Chinese honor guard during a welcome ceremony at the Bayi Building in Beijing, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Mark Schiefelbein/Pool via Reuters

Asked about the U.S. commitment to NATO, Mattis said it was “exactly as the president described it: 100 percent committed to NATO.”

“... (NATO) is stronger today than it was yesterday, stronger today than it was a month ago, stronger today than it was a year ago,” Mattis said, in brief remarks to reporters travelling with him from Brussels to Croatia.

Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Gareth Jones

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