"I've come here to express the US' steadfast commitment [to NATO]... We want to revitalize the alliance." These are the words of Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of the State who reached Brussels for the first time since his appointment to this office.
According to Deutsche Welle, Blinken came to the Belgian capital seeking to develop the relations between the United States and the Alliance. He cited several security concerns, which include the Nord Stream II construction and Afghanistan.
"I'm here today in part to share some of our initial thinking with our NATO allies. But maybe even more important, I'm here to listen and consult because that is what allies do," the U.S. official told NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
As the Alliance views its military presence in Afghanistan as one of the top prioroty concerns, it needs Washington to give a final answer whether the Americans stay there or leave the country, writes DW.
"Whatever the US ends up doing will be informed by the thinking of our NATO allies, which I'll take back to me after these conversations. We are united with our NATO allies in seeking to bring a responsible end to this conflict, and to remove our troops from harm's way," Blinken said, commenting on this matter.