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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of NATO Secretary General Rasmussen

On Friday, May 31, President Obama will welcome NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen to the White House.  As the most successful alliance in history, NATO lies at the heart of the transatlantic relationship, serving as the bedrock for building shared approaches to the security challenges we share with our 27 NATO allies.  The President looks forward to discussing global and regional security concerns with the Secretary General, to include ending the war in Afghanistan while building an enduring partnership with the Afghan government; sustaining and improving allied defense capabilities and transatlantic burden sharing; and further enhancing NATO’s network of capable partners. 

The Secretary General’s visit underscores the vital importance the United States places on the North Atlantic Alliance and our relationship with Europe, and our common commitment to tackle challenges from Afghanistan to the Balkans to the Indian Ocean together.