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Hanso: Senators from the United States see the key role played by NATO in the security of North America and Europe

17. November 2016 - 21:50

Minister of Defence Hannes Hanso met today at the United States Capitol Building, in Washington, D.C. with influential senators from the Republican Party, discussing the security situation around the world and emphasising the key role played by NATO in ensuring peace and security around the world.

“Together, we found that NATO’s activity is central to the security of the United States, Europe and the world as a whole. My discussion partners emphasised that President-elect Donald Trump is surrounded by people who understand the key role played by NATO,” said Minister of Defence Hanso.  “NATO was, is, and will continue to serve as the guarantee for our security, and we agreed that Europe must contribute more.  For Estonia, this is self-evident.”

Hanso spoke with the senators about the importance of the military presence of the United States in Europe.  According to Hanso, the United States Senate sees obligations to the Alliance as being ironclad.

Senator Ron Johnson is the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Subcommittee on Europe and the Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security.

Senator Roger Wicker is the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Seapower and has served as the Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, since January 2017.

Senator Tom Cotton is the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Airland.  Senator Tom Cotton has been mentioned in U.S. media as being a possible candidate for the position of Secretary of Defence.

Minister of Defence Hanso travelled to Washington ahead of his visit to the influential Halifax International Security Forum in Canada.

In addition to his presentations at the influential Halifax International Security Conference, Hanso is also planning to meet with a delegation from the United States Senate, led by Senator John McCain, and the ministers of defence for the United Kingdom and France.