Pence: US commitment to NATO 'unwavering'

Pence: US commitment to NATO 'unwavering'

Vice President Pence on Saturday reassured allies that Washington's commitment to NATO is "unwavering," according to the Associated Press.

During his first international trip as vice president, Pence reiterated that the U.S. is prepared to fully back the trans-Atlantic alliance despite some concerns in Europe.

"I bring you this assurance: The United States of America strongly supports NATO and will be unwavering in our commitment to our trans-Atlantic alliance," Pence declared during the Munich Security Conference, according to the AP.

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"Your struggles are our struggles. Your success is our success ... And ultimately, we walk into the future together," he added.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel also called for unity during her remarks, arguing that it is mutually advantageous for every nation.

"Will we be able to continue working well together, or will we all fall back into our individual roles?" Merkel said, according to AP. "Let's make the world better together and then things will get better for every single one of us."

Pence, however, also noted that European countries must contribute to the NATO by committing at least 2 percent of their gross domestic product to the alliance.

"Europe's defense requires your commitment as much as ours," he said.

Merkel agreed to fulfill the 2 percent commitment, but stressed that NATO is not only important to European interests.

"We will do everything we can in order to fulfill this commitment ... But let me add, however, that I believe while NATO is very much in the European interest, it's also in the American interest — it's a very strong alliance where we are united together," she said.