NATO leader: Tricky times show need for international groups

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While some world leaders championed national self-interest and decried globalism, NATO’s secretary-general said Tuesday that the case for the alliance is only growing stronger.

“In times of uncertainty, in times of unpredictability, then I think we need even stronger international institutions like NATO,” Jens Stoltenberg told The Associated Press in an interview outside the U.N. General Assembly.

He spoke after the diplomatic world’s premier annual forum opened with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres portraying a fractious, uneasy world at risk of cleaving into two poles of power: China and the United States.

U.S. President Donald Trump — the leader of NATO’s most influential member — soon followed with a speech declaring that “the future does not belong to globalists.” He touted the might of the U.S. military and reiterated a call for allies to pay “their fair share of the tremendous defense burden which the United States has borne in the past.”

 

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