NATO chief says ties between the alliance European members and the United States are ''rock solid'' as US' Tillerson arrives to discuss fair burden sharing. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. The head of NATO described ties between European members and the United States on Friday (March 31) as "rock solid", ahead of an alliance foreign ministers meeting that will discuss burden sharing. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg chairs talks of foreign ministers in Brussels on Friday that will look into ways of keeping Washington committed to the alliance, U.S. President Donald Trump once denounced as "obsolete". Stoltenberg said the ministers, including U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, would discuss "fair burden sharing to keep the trans-atlantic bond strong" and "stepping up NATO efforts to project stability and fight terrorism". Under Trump, Washington has stepped up pressure on Europe to pay more for its own defence. Only four European NATO members - Estonia, Greece, Poland and Britain - met the alliance's agreed requirement of spending two percent of their annual economic output on defence.