U.S. Department of State
Office of the Spokesperson
January 9, 2020
The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg regarding the Iranian regime’s dangerous attack against Ayn al-Asad and Erbil Air Bases, and the continued threat Iran poses to the region. Secretary Pompeo reiterated President Trump’s call for NATO to become more involved in the Middle East, and the two agreed NATO could contribute more to regional security and the fight against international terrorism. The Secretary and the Secretary General jointly condemned Iran’s destabilizing violence and remain committed to countering international terrorism, including through NATO’s participation in the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS and training missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.