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NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow addressed key issues on NATO’s agenda for the Warsaw Summit at the annual Lennart Meri Conference in Tallinn on Saturday (14 May 2016). Ambassador Vershbow took part in a panel discussion entitled “NATO in Warsaw: Steeling the Alliance?,” together with Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist, Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski and Ambassador Philippe Errera, Defence Policy Director of the French Ministry of Defence.
NATO IMS hosts informal military talks and scenario-based discussion with the European Union Military Staff
The Directors General of the NATO International Military Staff (IMS) and the European Union Military Staff (EUMS) convened on 12-13 May 2016 at NATO Headquarters for the informal EU-NATO Directors General Conference. Air Marshal Sir Christopher Harper, Director General of the NATO IMS (DGIMS) co-chaired the meeting with his EU counterpart, Lieutenant General Wolfgang Wosolsobe, Director General of the EUMS (DGEUMS).
A United States missile defence system aimed at protecting European NATO Allies from ballistic missiles threats was declared operational at a ceremony in Deveselu, Romania on Thursday (12 May 2016).
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg praised Romania’s contributions to Allied security in Bucharest on Thursday (12 May 2016). Meeting with President Klaus Werner Iohannis, Mr. Stoltenberg commended Romania for its contributions to Black Sea security, its commitment to raise defence spending to 2% of GDP and its continued participation in NATO-led missions in Afghanistan and Kosovo. Calling Romania “a steadfast Ally,” Mr. Stoltenberg stressed that NATO is committed to Romania’s security.
The NATO Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Alexander Vershbow will attend the Lennart Meri Conference in Tallin on Friday 13 May and Saturday, 14 May 2016.
NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will travel to Romania on Thursday, 12 May 2016.
NATO and Partners determined to continue supporting the financial sustainment of the Afghan Security Forces
NATO Allies and Partners together with representatives of the donors’ community reaffirmed their commitment to continue supporting the financial sustainment of the Afghan security forces, at the plenary meeting of the Afghan National Army Trust Fund Board, today (Wednesday 11 May 2016). Participants also discussed the ongoing coordination in Afghanistan between the Afghan authorities and the various funding streams, including the Afghan National Army Trust Fund itself, the Law and Order Trust Fund for the Afghan Police, the budgetary contributions of the Afghan Government, and the bilateral contributions, especially the bilateral Afghan Security Forces Fund of the United States.
NATO Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Alexander Vershbow opened the twelfth annual NATO Conference on Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Arms Control, Disarmament, and Non-proliferation in Ljubljana, Slovenia on Monday (9 May 2016). “With the breadth of challenges before us, it is essential that we work together to develop an ever stronger and more comprehensive approach to today’s WMD and CBRN threats,” he said.
As part of NATO’s on-going efforts to improve financial transparency, statistical information on the performance of the NATO Security Investment Programme in 2015 was released on Monday (9 May 2016).
Chairman of the NATO Military Committee praises France’s significant contributions to Collective Defence
While in France (2 - 4 May 2016), General Petr Pavel, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee met with the Chief of Defence of the French Armed Forces, General Pierre de Villiers and staff of the Centre for Planning and Conduct of Operations (CPCO), General Christophe Gomart, Head of French Military Intelligence, Vice-Admiral Jean Casabianca, Chief of the Military Staff to the Minister of Defence, Mr. Nicolas de Rivière, Director General of Political Affairs and Security in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs , Mr. Claude Bartolone, President of the National Assembly, and with the Commission of Defence and Foreign Affairs of the Senate.
Becoming the 29th member of NATO will ensure Montenegro’s long-term stability, sovereignty and security, NATO Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Alexander Vershbow said during a visit to Montenegro on Friday (6 May).
The North Atlantic Council has agreed to accept the request that an official Israeli Mission be established at NATO headquarters. The Ambassador of Israel to the EU will therefore be the Head of the Mission of Israel to NATO.
The North Atlantic Council has agreed to accept the request to accredit the Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to Belgium as Mission to NATO. The Ambassador of Jordan to Belgium will therefore be the Head of the Mission of Jordan to NATO.
On Friday 6 May 2016 and Saturday 7 May, the NATO Deputy Secretary General, Ambassador Alexander Vershbow will participate in the 2BS Forum 2016, taking place in Budva, Montenegro.
On Wednesday 4 May, the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will attend the change of command ceremony for NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), in Mons, Belgium.
The twelfth Annual NATO Conference on Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Arms Control, Disarmament and Non-proliferation, will take place in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana from 9 to 10 May 2016.
Chairman of the NATO Military Committee in Sweden to discuss regional security and NATO-Swedish military cooperation
During his visit to Sweden (27 & 28 April), the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, General Pavel met with Swedish Minister of Defence, Mr. Peter Hultqvist and Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces, General Micael Bydén to discuss regional security challenges and opportunities for enhanced military cooperation. The Chairman also had the opportunity to observe the Combined Joint Staff Exercise 2016 (CJSE 16) and visit the Life Guards Regiment, the Swedish Armed Forces International Centre and the Nordic Centre for Gender in Military Operations.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Albanian President Bujar Nishani to NATO Headquarters on Thursday (28 April 2016) to discuss preparations for the Warsaw Summit. Speaking at a joint press conference with President Nishani, Mr. Stoltenberg praised Albania for its contributions to Allied security and for its role in strengthening stability in the Western Balkans.