NATO head says Europe safer with Bri­tain in EU

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

LON­DON— The Lat­est on the Bri­tish ref­er­en­dum on EU membership. The chief of the NATO al­liance says Bri­tain re­main­ing in the Euro­pean Union is key for trans-At­lantic se­cu­rity and com­mon ef­forts to fight vi­o­lent ex­trem­ism.

NATO Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Jens Stoltenberg said Wed­nes­day “it’s up to the peo­ple of Great Bri­tain to de­cide whether to re­main or leave.”

But he added, he can say what mat­ters for NATO: “A strong U.K. in a strong Europe is good for the U.K., but it’s also good for NATO.”

Stoltenberg spoke to The As­so­ci­ated Press one day be­fore Bri­tish vot­ers are to cast bal­lots in a ref­er­en­dum on EU membership. He said that to face a daunt­ing ar­ray of con­tem­po­rary se­cu­rity threats, “we need a strong Europe and a strong NATO to­gether.”—AP

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