Mattis, NATO counterparts discuss efforts to defeat ISIS

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the conquer of ISIS will have to be made by all countries in collaboration. 
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the conquer of ISIS will have to be made by all countries in collaboration.  | Contributed photo
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis spoke with NATO leaders this month in Brussels, Belgium, voicing plans to defend and defeat ISIS and restore freedom to the region with support from President Donald Trump.
“The alliance remains a fundamental bedrock for the United States and for all the transatlantic community, bonded as we are together,” Mattis said.  
Mattis made clear that all countries and leaders involved in NATO are expected to do what is necessary in securing freedom and the well-being of allied countries.
“All who benefit from the best defense in the world carry their proportionate share of the necessary cost to defend freedom," he said, adding the U.S. plans to have an "open conversation among friends and allies about where we're going and our shared level of commitment.” 
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said, “a strong NATO is good for Europe; a strong NATO is good for North America.”
He made clear the conquer of ISIS will have to be made by all countries in collaboration. 
Following the meeting in Brussels, Mattis traveled to Germany to sit in on the Munich Security Conference.

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