NATO Foreign Ministers wrapped up a day of meetings in Brussels on Friday (27 April 2018), making progress on key issues, including preparations for a new training mission in Iraq.
Foreign Ministers have decided key details for a NATO training mission in Iraq, due to be launched at the Brussels Summit in July. Meeting on Friday (27 April 2018), they agreed that the mission will include several hundred personnel, who will train Iraqi instructors and develop Iraqi military schools. Ministers also addressed developments across the Middle East and North Africa, including the Alliance’s support for Jordan and Tunisia. Earlier in the day, ministers discussed the implications of Russia’s foreign and defence policies. “We agreed that our dual-track policy of strong deterrence and defence combined with meaningful dialogue is the right one,” said Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
Secretary General chairs last-ever North Atlantic Council meeting in NATO’s original Brussels Headquarters building
The Secretary General today (Friday 27 April) concluded a meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers by noting that it was the final meeting of the North Atlantic Council to take place in the Headquarters building the Alliance has occupied since 1967.
NATO Foreign Ministers expressed continued commitment to Afghanistan in a statement on Friday (27 April 2018). Welcoming President Ghani's proposed peace talks, ministers called parliamentary and presidential elections "essential for peace", and called on regional actors to play a constructive role. "NATO will continue to provide the support that the Afghan Government has requested so we can help Afghanistan fully provide for its own security," they said.
Lieutenant General Jan Broeks, Director General of the NATO International Military Staff visited Georgia on 25 April 2018. During his visit, Lieutenant General Broeks met with Mr. Levan Izoria, Minister of Defence and Colonel Nikoloz Janjgava, First Deputy Chief of Defence, and other high-ranking Georgian officials. The Director General also visited the NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Centre (JTEC).
On Thursday 26 April 2018, the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will meet the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, H.E. Mr. Péter Szijjártó at NATO Headquarters.
On Thursday 26 April 2018, the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will meet the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic, H.E. Mr. Nikos Kotzias at NATO Headquarters.
On Tuesday (24 April 2018) NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, discussed with the Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, how the Alliance and Australia can further strengthen their close partnership.
The NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will meet the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia, the Honourable Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday, 24 April 2018.
NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller thanked Denmark for its contributions to NATO during a visit to Copenhagen on Friday (20 April 2018)
NATO cyber experts will test and train their ability to defend against cyber attacks in the largest international live-fire cyber defence exercise, Locked Shields (23 April – 27 April).
On 18 & 19 April, the NATO Military Committee visited Lviv in Ukraine. During the two day trip, NATO’s Military Representatives met with General Viktor Muzhenko, Chief of Defence and with Mr Alexander Hug, Deputy Head of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine. The Military Committee also visited the National Lviv Land Forces Academy and the Yavoriv International Peacekeeping and Security Centre in Starychi where they received briefings from representatives of the Multinational Joint Commission and the Joint Multinational Training Group Ukraine. The 29 Allies concluded their visit with a joint NATO Military Committee meeting with Ukraine.
Top national defence officials discussed opportunities to procure and develop together the capabilities the Alliance needs to face today’s security challenges at the Conference of National Armaments Directors (CNAD) held in Luxembourg on 19 April 2018.
Iraqi military instructors are further developing their skills in maintaining Soviet-era vehicles, with NATO support. On Tuesday (17 April 2018), they successfully completed a training course at the Taji military base, in the outskirts of Baghdad.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg thanked the Netherlands for its many contributions to the security of the Alliance during a visit to The Hague on Thursday (19 April 2018). The Secretary General had talks with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, in preparation for the NATO Summit in July. Mr. Stoltenberg also had discussions with the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Stef Blok, the Minister of Defence, Ank Bijleveld, and other parliamentarians.
NATO reaffirms its commitment to women’s security in close partnership with the International Community
“NATO has an opportunity to be a leading protector of women’s rights, drawing on the strengths and capabilities of its nations, and working with its more than forty partner countries,” Ms. Clare Hutchinson, NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security said on Monday (16 April 2018), during her address to the United Nations Security Council at an open session on the topic of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence.
The Portuguese Air Force will lead NATO's Baltic Air Policing from May 2018, with four F-16M fighter jets based at Šiauliai Air Base in Lithuania. Spain will contribute with six Eurofighters at Šiauliai, while France will deploy four Mirage 2000-5 jets to Ämari Air Base in Estonia. NATO member countries have taken turns safeguarding Baltic airspace since Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania joined the Alliance in 2004.
What´s new at NATO Headquarters?Subscribe to NATO News feed