NATO Foreign Ministers prepare for Brussels Summit, agree details for Iraq training mission

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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.

NATO Foreign Ministers release statement of support for Afghanistan

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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.

Director General of the NATO International Military Staff visits Georgia

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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).

NATO Military Committee visit to Ukraine sends strong message of enduring commitment and support

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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.

Developing NATO’s cutting-edge capabilities

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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.

Secretary General thanks the Netherlands for its commitment to NATO

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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

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“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.

Portugal to lead NATO's Baltic Air Policing, joined by France and Spain

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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.
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