THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
STATEMENT BY THE PRESS SECRETARY
The President welcomed NATO Secretary General Manfred Woerner to the White House today. The President reaffirmed the fundamental importance of NATO and the transatlantic relationship, and his commitment to maintaining a significant American military presence in Europe to defend the interests of the United States and its allies and friends. The President and Secretary General Woerner discussed the crisis in the former Yugoslavia, and what actions NATO could take to support the efforts of the international community to bring that tragedy to a peaceful conclusion. In addition, the President and Secretary General Woerner discussed the ongoing work in NATO to develop the Alliance's peacekeeping capabilities in support of the United Nations and the CSCE and with the involvement of NATO's partners in the North Atlantic Cooperation Council. The President thanked Secretary General Woerner for his continued stewardship of the Atlantic Alliance, and looks forward to working closely with him in continuing to adapt the Alliance to meet the common challenges of the future.
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