The NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, will participate in the Halifax International Security Forum in Nova Scotia, Canada on Friday, 17 November and Saturday, 18 November 2017.
NATO has successfully completed a three-year project to clear unexploded ordnance from an ammunition depot in central Georgia. A closing ceremony for the Georgia IV NATO Trust Fund project was held on 7 November 2017 in Tbilisi, attended by more than 70 guests including NATO and partner nations’ Ambassadors and Defence Attaches, as well as senior NATO and Georgian Government representatives.
On 14-15 November 2017, NATO participated in the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial in Vancouver, Canada. Following on the 2015 Leaders’ Summit on Peacekeeping and last year’s UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial in London, the event sought to boost the international community’s support to UN peacekeeping though new pledges of support and through reporting on advancement of previously made pledges. At the Ministerial, NATO underscored the progress in implementing the NATO Secretary General’s pledge from the UN Peacekeeping Summit in September 2015 along with highlighting new initiatives that are being developed. NATO also emphasized its strong commitment to integrating gender perspectives and also the promotion of the protection of children in armed conflict situations.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Allies welcomed Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić to NATO Headquarters on Wednesday (15 November 2017) to discuss cooperation between the Alliance and Serbia, as well as the security challenges facing the Western Balkans. The Secretary General stressed that NATO’s partnership with Serbia can bring real benefits to its citizens and the Western Balkans. He also thanked Serbia for its contributions, including working with NATO to train Iraqi military medics and the offer to host NATO’s disaster management exercise next year.
NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will meet with the President of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Aleksandar Vučić, at NATO Headquarters on Wednesday, 15 November 2017.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the EU’s Permanent Structured Cooperation ahead of a meeting with EU Foreign Ministers on Monday (13 November 2017). “I believe that this can strengthen European defence,” he said, while stressing the need for complementarity between NATO and EU efforts. Mr. Stoltenberg also highlighted that military mobility can be a flagship of NATO-EU cooperation, which is being stepped up.
Today (10 November), NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg travelled to Ørland, Norway to welcome the arrival of Norwegian F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. The Secretary General praised the continuing modernisation of NATO’s air forces and the strong partnership between European and American industry. “These planes,” the Secretary General noted, “make the Atlantic Ocean narrower.”
On Monday, 13 November 2017, the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will attend the European Union Foreign Affairs Council in Defence format.
The Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, will meet the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Mr. Halbe Zijlstra, on Monday, 13 November 2017 in Brussels.
NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller delivered remarks on non-proliferation at the Strategic Forum in Bled, Slovenia on Tuesday (5 September 2017). On a panel with senior officials, including from the European Union, the International Atomic Energy Agency, and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, Ms. Gottemoeller expressed NATO’s concern at North Korea’s recent nuclear test.
For the next four months, the United States and Belgium will conduct NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission, safeguarding the airspace over the region. At a ceremony on Tuesday (5 September 2017), Belgium took over the supporting role from Spain, operating out of Ämari, Estonia. The United States assumed the lead role at Šiauliai Air Base in Lithuania on 30 August.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will travel to Tallin and Tapa in Estonia on Wednesday and Thursday 6 and 7 September 2017. During his visit, he will have bilateral meetings with the Estonian President H.E. Ms. Kersti Kaljulaid, with the Prime Minister, Mr. Jüri Ratas, with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sven Mikser and with the Minister of Defence, Mr. Jüri Luik.
The press conference with the Commander of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan - planned for the 4th of September 2017 at NATO Headquarters, at 15:15 - has been postponed due to scheduling issues. A new date will be announced in due course.
I strongly condemn that North Korea has conducted a sixth nuclear test today. This is yet another flagrant violation of multiple UN Security Council Resolutions, including UNSCR 2321 adopted in November 2016.
Lieutenant General Steven M. Shepro, Deputy Chairman of the NATO Military Committee (DCMC) visited Finland on 28-29 August 2017. During his visit, Lieutenant General Steven M. Shepro attended the 4th Helsinki Summer Session and visited the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats.
On Monday, 4 and Tuesday 5 September 2017, the NATO Deputy Secretary General, The Honourable Ms. Rose Gottemoeller will travel to Bled in Slovenia to participate in a panel discussion entitled “Global Nuclear Governance: Quo vadis?” where she will deliver a keynote speech.
Canadian CF-188 fighters are ready to begin NATO air policing patrols over Romania. At the Mihail Kogalniceanu Airbase on Thursday (31 August 2017), the detachment was certified to operate alongside the MiG-21s of their Romanian hosts. The Canadian detachment succeeds a deployment by the UK's Royal Air Force.
NATO Allies and partners have helped Georgia contain a major forest fire in the Samtskhe-Javakheti Region of Georgia. Recognising that inhabited areas could be at risk, the Georgian authorities approached NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) for assistance on 29 August 2017. Shortly thereafter, assets from NATO Allies and partners were on the scene: Turkey provided one firefighting aircraft and two helicopters; Azerbaijan provided a firefighting helicopter; and Ukraine provided a firefighting aircraft. By Friday (1 September 2017), the fire had been contained.
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