U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday reassured the
Allaying doubts over US support for its treaty ally, Obama stressed its “commitment to defend the
The 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty obliges the
“Let me be absolutely clear. For more than 60 years, the
Without reference to
“We believe that nations and peoples have the right to live in security and peace, and to have their sovereignty and territorial integrity respected,” Obama said.
“We believe that international law must be upheld, that freedom of navigation must be preserved and commerce must not be impeded. We believe that disputes must be resolved peacefully and not by intimidation or force. That’s what our nations stand for. That’s the future we’re working for,” Obama said.
After years of heavy military engagement in
Obama said a “deepening alliance” with the