NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg began a visit to Rome on Thursday (22 November) to participate in this year’s Mediterranean Dialogues Conference, which addresses shared challenges in the region. Speaking on a panel with Italian Defence Minister Elisabetta Trenta and Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed Ali Alhakim, the Secretary General outlined NATO’s role in the fight against terrorism and emphasised the importance of training local forces to secure peace.
Brussels – On 20 and 21 November 2018, the Committee of the Chiefs of Military Medical Services (COMEDS) convened at NATO HQ for its plenary session. The COMEDS was addressed by the Director General of the NATO International Military Staff (DGIMS), Lieutenant General Jan Broeks, who praised the Committee for its outstanding contribution in developing and coordinating military medical matters, and for providing medical advice to the NATO Military Committee.
On 20 and 21 November 2018, the NATO Joint Intelligence and Security Division welcomed to the NATO Headquarters Intelligence experts from Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Mauritania and Morocco to the 16th Annual NATO-Mediterranean Dialogue Conference.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain to NATO Headquarters on Wednesday (21 November 2018). The Secretary General and His Majesty laid a wreath at the Monument in Memory of the Fallen, and then participated in a meeting of the North Atlantic Council. Opening the meeting, the Secretary General said: “in 1982, NATO, an Alliance based on democracy, individual liberty and the rule of law, welcomed Spain as a member.” Mr. Stoltenberg praised Spain for its many contributions to the Alliance, on land, at sea, and in the air. He particularly thanked Spain for its contributions to training local forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, which helps to suppress international terrorism.
The NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will travel to Rome and Naples from Thursday, 22 November to Friday, 23 November 2018.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed unprecedented levels of cooperation between the EU and NATO ahead of a meeting with the EU Foreign Affairs Council on Tuesday (20 November 2018). The Secretary General noted that stronger European defence can contribute to fairer burden-sharing within NATO, but stressed the need for complementarity between NATO and EU efforts. “NATO remains the bedrock for European security,” he said. Mr. Stoltenberg added that he will also discuss the INF Treaty with EU ministers. “We should all call on Russia to ensure full and transparent compliance with the INF Treaty because we don’t want a new arms race and the INF Treaty has been important for our security for decades,” he underlined.
On Wednesday 21 November 2018, the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will meet the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria, H.E. Ms. Karin Kneissl at NATO Headquarters.
Iron Wolf 2018, a Lithuanian-led multinational exercise, wrapped up in Pabrade on Monday (19 November 2018), with a live-fire demonstration. The exercise, which began on 4 November, mobilised around 3,500 troops from 13 NATO Allies¹ and partner nation Ukraine. It provided an opportunity for forces to enhance their readiness, and train with one of four NATO battlegroups in the region.
The NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will meet the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Poland, H.E. Mr. Mariusz Błaszczak on Tuesday, 20 November 2018.
The NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will meet the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, H.E. Mr. Tomás Petricek on Tuesday, 20 November 2018.
Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis to NATO Headquarters on Monday (19 November 2018). The two leaders met to discuss NATO’s continuing adaptation to the security situation in Europe. The Secretary General praised Lithuania’s contributions to NATO missions, commitment to defence spending and expertise on energy security. He also thanked Lithuania for hosting exercise Iron Wolf 2018, bringing together thirteen Allies and providing training for one of four NATO battlegroups in the region.
NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller stressed the importance of Alliance unity in a keynote address to the 64th Annual Session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Halifax, Canada on Monday (19 November 2018). Noting that unity among allies has underpinned Euro-Atlantic security for almost seventy years, she thanked parliamentarians for their support for NATO. She said: “There is nothing stronger than this Alliance when it is united, and when our publics are behind it. In that, your support is essential.”
On Tuesday, 20 November 2018, the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will attend the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union where he will deliver remarks.
On Monday, 19 November 2018, the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, will meet the Minister of National Defence of the Republic of Portugal, H.E. Mr. João Gomes Cravinho.
His Majesty the King of Spain will pay an official visit to NATO Headquarters on Wednesday, 21 November 2018.
The NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will meet the Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania, H.E. Mr. Saulius Skvernelis on Monday, 19 November 2018.
NATO Deputy Secretary General to attend the Halifax International Security Forum and the 64th Annual Session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly
The NATO Deputy Secretary General, the Honourable Rose Gottemoeller, will travel to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada between Friday 16 November and Monday 19 November 2018, where she will participate in the Halifax International Security Forum and the 64th Annual Session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.
Around 1,800 troops from NATO Allies Bulgaria, Canada, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Spain are taking part in the Romania-led exercise SCORPIONS FURY 18 from 5 to 16 November.
ANAKONDA 2018, a Polish-led multinational exercise, which began on 7 November, today completed its first week. The exercise involves around 12,500 troops in Poland and approximately 5,000 troops in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The exercise demonstrated the interoperability of the Polish Armed Forces with participating troops from 10 NATO Allies: Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Turkey and United States.
Three technologies on detection and clearance of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), namely a semi-autonomous robot for detection of mines and IEDs, a lightweight and easy-to-use mine detector and a handheld detector for dirty bombs, were successfully tested in Florence, Italy on 17 and 18 October 2018. These technologies are developed in the framework of NATO’s Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme.
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