04 Feb '12, 6pm

US vows Europe commitment

US vows Europe commitment

MUNICH, Germany: The United States said Saturday Europe remains Washington's "partner of first resort" despite a US strategic pivot to Asia, but it urged Europe to pull its weight. In a twin effort to reassure Europe about the historic US commitment to the continent, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta delivered carefully calibrated messages of support. Hot foreign policy issues such as Iran, Afghanistan and Syria also loomed large over the 48th annual Munich Security Conference, a gathering of world leaders, ministers and top brass. In a speech at a roundtable talk with Panetta, Clinton pledged cooperative efforts for a united and secure Europe, mutual economic recovery, an "agile" security alliance, and a democratic Middle East along the Mediterranean. The chief US diplomat also urged her European partners in the southern German ci...

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