I warmly welcome the agreement reached between Prime Ministers Tsipras and Zaev on a solution to the name dispute between Athens and Skopje. This historic agreement is testament to many years of patient diplomacy, and to the willingness of these two leaders to solve a dispute which has affected the region for too long.
On 6 June 2018, the Cooperative Security Division of the NATO International Military Staff (IMS) hosted the annual NATO – African Union (AU) Military to Military staff talks with a delegation from the AU and 30 representatives from other NATO bodies.
All Allies, as well as partners Finland and Sweden, will participate in NATO’s largest military exercise in recent years, which will take place in Norway in October-November. Trident Juncture 18 will have an Article 5 (collective defence) scenario, and will be under the command of Admiral James G. Foggo, Commander of Joint Force Command Naples. At a press briefing in Brussels today (11 June), Admiral Foggo gave the media a first preview of the exercise together with Vice Admiral Ketil Olsen, Military Representative of Norway to the NATO Military Committee.
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark will visit NATO Headquarters on Tuesday, 12 June 2018. He will meet the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, and will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony and moment of silence at the Monument in Memory of the Fallen at the Main entrance of the New Headquarters.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in Rome on Monday (11 June 2018), praising Italy’s many contributions to security in Europe and beyond. Mr. Stoltenberg welcomed that Italy plays a leading role in Afghanistan and Kosovo, provides air policing for Montenegro, has deployed troops to Latvia, and leads NATO’s high-readiness Spearhead Force. “Your contributions are in the interest of Italy’s security, and they are important for the security of the whole Alliance,” he said
Admiral James Foggo, Commander of Joint Force Command Naples and Vice Admiral Ketil Olsen, Military Representative of Norway to the NATO Military Committee, will hold a joint military briefing on Exercise Trident Juncture 18 at NATO HQ, Brussels on 11 June 2018.
The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg started a two-day visit to Rome on Sunday (10 June 2018) with a meeting with the Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Enzo Moavero Milanesi. Mr. Stoltenberg thanked the foreign minister for Italy's highly valued contributions, including in Afghanistan and Kosovo, and its focus on challenges from the south, which are important for the whole Alliance.
On Sunday, 10 June and Monday, 11 June 2018, the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will travel to the Republic of Italy.
Joined by High Representative Federica Mogherini and Defence Ministers from Finland and Sweden, NATO Defence Ministers met today to review the unprecedented progress that has been achieved over the past two years in NATO-EU cooperation. The two organisations have been working together on 74 concrete areas of cooperation, including hybrid and cyber, maritime operations, exercises and military mobility, and the fight against terrorism. NATO and EU leaders plan to sign a new joint declaration in July to further enhance their level of cooperation.
NATO Defence Ministers today (8 June 2018) concluded a two-day meeting in Brussels with a discussion of the Alliance’s training mission in Afghanistan, and its continuing support to the Afghan government and Afghan security forces.
Today, NATO Defence Ministers took important steps to strengthen the Alliance’s Command Structure to ensure rapid reinforcement across the Atlantic and Europe. Ministers decided to add more than 1,200 personnel to the Command Structure. The Alliance will also establish a new Joint Force Command for the Atlantic at Norfolk, Virginia (USA) and a new Enabling Command at Ulm (Germany). Ministers also endorsed a new NATO Readiness Initiative and discussed the importance of continuing to increase defence investments to make the Alliance stronger and more agile in response to the most serious security challenges in a generation.
In the margins of the NATO Defence Ministers meeting on Thursday (7 June 2018), the Defence Ministers of Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the creation of a Composite Special Operations Component Command (C-SOCC). Once operational, this tri-national Special Forces Command will participate in the NATO Response Force and could support NATO operations, as well as other multinational missions.
Over the next two days, NATO defence ministers will take decisions to prepare the NATO Summit in July. Today (7 June 2018), ministers are expected to agree to boost the NATO Command Structure by around 1,200 personnel.
Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg previewed this week’s meeting of NATO Defence Ministers – the first in the Alliance’s new headquarters – at a press conference on Wednesday (6 June 2018). Ministers are expected to take a series of decisions on the NATO Command Structure and military readiness, discuss plans for a NATO training mission in Iraq, and review progress in achieving more defence spending and better burden sharing. They will also discuss NATO-EU cooperation, and hold a meeting on the Resolute Support training mission in Afghanistan
After a three year pause NATO and China have reconvened military to military staff talks. The 5th iteration of the staff talks were held on 5th of June, in the New NATO HQ in Brussels.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg commended Montenegro for its contributions to Euro-Atlantic security during a joint press conference with Montenegro’s President Milo Djukanovic - marking one year since Montenegro’s accession to NATO - on Monday 4 June.
NATO and civil emergency response: marking 20 years since the creation of the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre
NATO has played an important role in the domain of civil emergency response for twenty years. On 3 June 1998, the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) was established. The EADRCC is NATO’s principal civil emergency response mechanism.
Speaking at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Saturday (2 June 2018) the NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller said that NATO is determined to strengthen its cyber-defences.
General Petr Pavel, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee visited Nouakchott, Mauritania from 29-30 May 2018. While Mauritania has been a partner of NATO’s Mediterranean Dialogue since 1995, the visit marks the first time a Chairman of the NATO Military Committee visits Mauritania as Mauritania and NATO seek to enhance their practical cooperation.
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