In Brussels, Tillerson offers EU strong U.S. support

U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson is welcomed by European Union foreign policy chief Mogherini at the EU council headquarters in Brussels

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday said the United States remains committed to Europe, offering a public statement of support for European allies worried about foreign policy under President Donald Trump.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is welcomed by European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini at the EU council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Olivier Hoslet/POOL

“The partnership between America and the European Union… is based upon shared values, shared objectives for security and prosperity on both sides of the Atlantic and we remain committed to that,” Tillerson said before a lunch with 28 EU foreign ministers.

Tillerson, in brief statements with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini after which the two took no questions, said his visit showed “the strong commitment the U.S. has to the European alliance, the important role that the European alliance plays in our shared security objectives.”

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