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NATO chief tells Trump: no conditions on defending allies

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"The U.S. commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the collective defence of Europe has been rock solid for nearly 70 years and I am absolutely confident that it will still be the case", Stoltenberg said, noting that two world wars had shown the importance of stability in Europe to the United States.

I congratulate Donald Trump on his election as the next President of the United States.

Asked if she would now seek more funding for Germany's military, Defence Minister Ursula von derv Leyden told Reuters: "I have to make it clear (to German lawmakers) what our posture is, what we need and that is the right way to proceed".

He said: "Nato's influence on global peace and security is fundamentally based on the credibility of its commitments, and in particular the willingness of the United States to abide by these commitments. And I look forward to meeting Mr. Trump soon and to welcome him to Brussels for the NATO Summit next year, to discuss the way forward".

Trump also threatened to withdraw US forces from Europe if allies fail to pay more for USA protection.

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"We are in Afghanistan to fight terrorism to prevent Afghanistan becoming a safe haven for global terrorists", Stoltenberg said.

The US was a founding member of NATO in 1949, and Article 5 of the treaty states that the 28 members agree to automatically come to the aid of any member should they be attacked.

He recalled that the only time NATO's "all for one, one for all" defence guarantee has been invoked was after the 9/11 terror attacks on the United States.

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