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NATO chief invited to address US Congress amid tensions

AFP  |  Washington 

on Monday extended a rare invitation to the of to address a joint meeting of in early April to mark

"During this critical time for the United States, and the European Union, the US and the American people look forward to your message of friendship and partnership, as we work together to strengthen our critical alliance and advance a future of peace around the world," wrote the 29-member organization's

The top Democrat said the invitation was made on behalf of Democrats and Republicans in

is scheduled to host a ministerial meeting on April 3 and 4.

The invitation comes amid trans-Atlantic tensions. Trump has been unstinting in his criticism of NATO's European members, accusing them of freeloading on the protection offered by the US while not spending enough on their own armed forces.

A NATO summit last July jangled nerves when Trump reportedly threatened to "go it alone" unless allies boosted their spending.

Before taking office Trump called NATO "obsolete" and soon after July's summit he questioned whether the US would honour the alliance's founding principle of mutual defence for newest member

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, March 12 2019. 04:51 IST
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