Stoltenberg looks forward to working with Biden

Stoltenberg looks forward to working with Biden

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said all those responsible for last week’s deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol should be held accountable, and he expressed confidence that American institutions are up to the job.

"Democracy must always prevail over violence, and I’m confident that the democratic institutions of the United States will handle this challenge," he told reporters in Brussels.

"I look forward to a peaceful transition, and I look forward to working with Joe Biden," The AP cited Stoltenberg as saying.

He added that the president-elect "is strongly committed to our trans-Atlantic cooperation, to NATO, and I know that he also of course strongly supports the idea of further strengthening the cooperation between North America and Europe."

The United States is by far the biggest and most influential member of NATO, but Trump has surprised and routinely confounded many allies by berating them over defense spending or taking unilateral actions such as pulling U.S. troops out of Afghanistan and northern Syria.