NATO's Rasmussen stresses significance of transatlantic relations

BRUSSELS, June 10 (Xinhua) -- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Tuesday stressed the importance of a strong relationship between Europe and North America to address security risks and threats.

Speaking at the Transatlantic Bond Project Conference in Brussels, he said, "Transatlantic resolve and unity will be critical in meeting all these complex challenges," according to a NATO statement.

"NATO is the unique political and military instrument that allows us to muster that transatlantic resolve, and translate it into unified action," Rasmussen said.

The Transatlantic Bond project was launched earlier this year to review the state of the transatlantic relationship.

A group of members of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, experts from 10 NATO countries and young leaders were established to reflect on the subject and provide recommendations for the future.

Their conclusions and recommendations, ranging from a fair and continued investment in defense by all Allies to the need for greater NATO outreach with both NATO nations publics and "like-minded partners around the world", which were further discussed at the conference, will serve as a basis for the Transatlantic Declaration to be adopted at the NATO Wales Summit in September 2014.