An official website of the United States Government 
Here's how you know

Official websites use .gov

.gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS

A lock ( lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

You have accessed part of a historical collection on Some of the information contained within may be outdated and links may not function. Please contact the DOD Webmaster with any questions.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Opening Remarks at Bilateral Meeting


Secretary Austin Lloyd, it is great to have you back in NATO, welcome to NATO. And good to see you in such a short time after we met in Washington and thank you for your leadership.  Thank you for the strong U.S. commitment to NATO. I look forward to sit down with you and the other ministers here at NATO Defense Ministers meeting to make important decisions on the future of the Alliance. So, welcome.


Thank a lot. First of all, it is great to be here in person. It is my first meeting in person and that it is very special for me.

Thank you for your leadership. It has been extraordinary and we are grateful for that.

You set out a full agenda for us for this meeting and we have a number of issues to work through. I look forward to work through those issues with my colleagues and you.  I am pretty excited about the next day and a half.