It is happening in the air, on land, at sea and in cyberspace. NATO Allies are testing their ability to defend our populations and territories, deter potential adversaries and work together with partners in NATO's biggest exercise in recent years.
On Thursday, 25 October 2018, the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, will hold a bilateral meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, H.E. Mr. Péter Szijjártó.
The NATO Deputy Secretary General, the Honourable Rose Gottemoeller, will travel to Beijing from Wednesday, 24 October to Friday, 26 October 2018.
Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed President Iván Duque Márquez of Colombia to NATO headquarters on Tuesday (23 October 2018) for talks on strengthening the cooperation between Colombia and the Alliance. Colombia is NATO’s first partner in Latin America. “Our cooperation is good for Colombia and it is good for NATO,” said the Secretary General.
The NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will meet the President of Colombia, H.E. Mr. Iván Duque Márquez on Tuesday, 23 October 2018.
NATO conducted a four-day workshop on 15-18 October 2018 to strengthen the Iraqi Security Forces’ ability to plan and conduct missions and tasks outlined in the country’s national security strategy. Called ‘strategic guidance mission analysis’, this is the first step of a comprehensive defence planning process aiming to help the Iraqi Security Forces adapt their current force structure to future security challenges. “NATO is one of the crucial partners helping Iraq with this process in the upcoming years,” Major General Adel, Commander of the Iraqi Army Planning Directorate said.
On Monday, 22 October 2018, the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, will hold a bilateral meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, H.E. Professor Jacek Czaputowicz.
On 30 September – 1 October 2018, NATO and Kuwait held the first annual review of activities at the NATO-Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) Regional Centre. An inter-ministerial delegation from the State of Kuwait, who are the focal points for implementation of the NATO-ICI Regional Centre’s Action Plan, met at the Centre in Kuwait with their counterparts from different NATO International Staff divisions, International Military Staff and Strategic Commands. The meeting was chaired by Sheikh Fawaz Meshal Al-Sabah on the Kuwaiti side, and the Alliance’s inter-divisional delegation was led by Mr. Nicola de Santis, Head of the NATO Middle East and North Africa Section of the Political Affairs and Security Policy Division.
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia¹ marked an important step on its road towards NATO membership on Thursday (18 October 2018), beginning two days of formal Accession Talks at the NATO headquarters in Brussels.
Around 90 US Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit landed at Keflavík on Wednesday (17 October 2018), marking the initial phase of NATO’s Exercise Trident Juncture 2018 in Iceland. The main phase of Trident Juncture will start in Norway on October 25. Arriving by MV-22 Osprey and CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters from the USS Iwo Jima, the Marines practised securing the airfield and key infrastructure, in cooperation with the Icelandic Police.
Visit to NATO by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia¹
On Thursday, 18 October 2018, formal Accession Talks with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia¹ will begin at NATO Headquarters, with the participation of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia¹, H.E. Ms. Radmila Šekerinska-Jankovska.
The NATO-Industry Forum is the primary venue for strategic dialogue with the defence and security industry on NATO capability planning and development. Sponsored by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the Forum is co-organised by Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, General André Lanata, and NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment, Mr Camille Grand.
NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller laid out the importance of defence spending at a time of unprecedented security challenges in a speech at the annual NATO Resource Conference in Paris on Tuesday (16 October 2018).
Top US and Icelandic officials met in Reykjavik on Tuesday (16 October 2018) to commemorate the Battle of the Atlantic, World War II’s longest continuous military campaign. On a ceremony aboard the Icelandic Coast Guard Vessel THOR, Foreign Minister Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson and Admiral James G. Foggo III, Commander of NATO’s Joint Force Command Naples and US Naval Forces in Europe and Africa, jointly laid a wreath into the sea to honour all those who fell in the fight for freedom.
On 15 and 16 October 2018, the Political Affairs and Security Policy Division received a delegation of Diplomats from the Kingdom of Bahrain.
The NATO Deputy Secretary General, the Honourable Rose Gottemoeller, will travel to Paris on Tuesday, 16 October 2018.
On Monday, 15 October 2018, the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, will meet the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, H.E. Mr. Pavlo Klimkin.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg visited the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in the North Sea on Friday (12 October 2018), together with the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Curtis Scaparrotti. The USS Truman is en route to participate in NATO’s biggest exercise in years, Trident Juncture 2018, joining around sixty other ships from across the Alliance.
Two disaster relief tools, namely a multinational telemedicine facility and the Next-Generation Incident Command System, were tested during a civil preparedness exercise in Serbia from 8 to 11 October 2018. These tools were developed in the framework of NATO’s Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme.
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