Today (17 September 2020), the United States, as a contributing nation to the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission, transferred four A-29 Super Tocano aircraft to the Afghan Air Force, during a ceremony in Kabul.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg today (17 September 2020) participated in a seminar at NATO Headquarters in Brussels entitled ‘NATO and Nature, a changing climate: why the environment matters to NATO, and what to do about it.’ The event discussing security and the environment was jointly organized by the delegations of Italy and the United Kingdom.
NATO’s new Atlantic Command was declared operational in a ceremony in Norfolk, Virginia on Thursday (17 September 2020). Joint Force Command Norfolk, established to protect sea lanes between Europe and North America, is the first NATO headquarters dedicated to the Atlantic since 2003.
On Monday, 21 September, the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, will deliver a keynote speech at the 12th annual Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) Forum.
On Thursday 17 September, NATO’s newest command, Joint Force Command Norfolk, will hold a ceremony to mark reaching initial operational capability. The event will be streamed online.
Today (16 September 2020), NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with the Foreign Minister of Iraq Mr. Fuad Mohammad Hussein, at NATO Headquarters in Brussels. The Secretary General shared his deepest sympathies for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and reaffirmed NATO Allies’ commitment to continue supporting Iraq in responding to this crisis. Mr. Stoltenberg also welcomed Prime Minister al-Kadhimi’s continued efforts to pursue a comprehensive reform process to make Iraq more secure for its people and the region.
The NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Iraq, Mr. Fuad Mohammad Hussein, on Wednesday, 16 September 2020 at NATO Headquarters.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee visited NATO’s Allied Land Command in Izmir, Turkey on 9 September 2020. He met with Commander LANDCOM, Lieutenant General Roger L. Cloutier Jr who took office in August of this year. While at the Command, Air Chief Marshal Peach received briefings on LANDCOM’s mission responsibilities and the security situation in neighbouring countries.
Today (12 September 2020), NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg spoke via video link at the opening ceremony of intra-Afghan negotiations held in Doha, under the chairmanship of the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “With the start of intra-Afghan negotiations, we are entering a new phase of the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process,” the NATO Secretary General said. “Afghans want peace and so does the international community, which has supported Afghanistan on this long, hard road,” he added.
A ceremony was held at NATO Headquarters in Brussels on Friday (11 September 2020) to mark the 19th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, US Permanent Representative to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison, members of the North Atlantic Council, and NATO’s diplomatic and military community took part in the act of remembrance.
KABUL—Today (10 September 2020), the Afghan National Army Officer Academy graduated its 5000th officer. This represents a milestone for the academy as the Government of Afghanistan prepares to assume control from the current UK-led mentoring team, supported by the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission.
Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova Oleg Ţulea on Thursday (10 September) for talks about the NATO-Moldova partnership.
On Friday, 11 September 2020, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will join U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison at the 9/11 and Article 5 Memorial at NATO Headquarters to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.
Today (9 September 2020), NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană marked 40 years since the start of Solidarność in Poland by unveiling a copy of its famous emblem at NATO Headquarters in Brussels. He was joined by the Permanent Representative of Poland to NATO, Ambassador Tomasz Szatkowski, and other members of the North Atlantic Council.
On Thursday 10 September 2020, the NATO Deputy Secretary General, Ambassador Mircea Geoană, will meet the Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova, Mr. Oleg Tulea at NATO Headquarters.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met Kosovo’s Avdullah Hoti at NATO Headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday (8 September 2020) for talks on current developments in the Western Balkans. This was the first in-person meeting between the two.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg held separate phone calls with Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu of Estonia on Tuesday (8 September 2020), and with Foreign Ministers Edgars Rinkēvičs of Latvia, Linas Linkevičius of Lithuania, and Zbigniew Rau of Poland on Monday. The discussions covered a range of issues, including the ongoing crisis in Belarus, preparations for upcoming NATO ministerials, and ongoing consultations on the NATO 2030 reflection process.
On Wednesday 9 September 2020, the NATO Deputy Secretary General, Ambassador Mircea Geoană, will speak at a ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of the Solidarity / Solidarność movement in Poland. The event, organized by the Polish Delegation to NATO, will take place at NATO Headquarters and will also include the inauguration of the iconic Solidarność sign on the premises.
From 7 to 8 September 2020, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, visited Istanbul, Turkey as part of his regular visits to Allied member nations. The two-day official visit comprised of meetings with the Minister of Defence, Mr. Hulusi Akar, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Mevlut Cavusoglu, and with the Chief of the Turkish General Staff, General Yasar Guler. While in Ankara, the Chairman toured NATO’s Centre of Excellence – Defence against Terrorism and the Centre of Excellence - Defence against Terrorism Command and Partnership for Peace (PfP) Training. Topics of discussion during the visit focused on Turkey’s contributions to NATO operations, missions and activities, the regional security situation and NATO 2030.
On 31 August 2020 the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) received a request for international assistance from KFOR.
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