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15 Feb. 2017

Defence Ministers agree on NATO Hub for the South

Defence Ministers agreed to create a new regional Hub for the South, based at NATO’s Joint Force Command in Naples, on Wednesday (15 February 2017). The Hub is one part of the Alliance’s response to threats stemming from the Middle East and North Africa. Ministers also discussed NATO’s Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance capability and agreed to develop a follow-on capability for NATO AWACS planes after they retire around the year 2035.

15 Feb. 2017

Secretary General: NATO continues to adapt

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed US Secretary of Defense James Mattis to the meetings of NATO Defence Ministers on Wednesday (15 February 2017). Praising the US commitment to NATO, Mr. Stoltenberg stressed that the Alliance will continue to adapt to evolving challenges, including terrorism, with fairer burden-sharing among Allies.

15 Feb. 2017

NATO Secretary General: We are all safer when we stand together

NATO Allies agreed on the importance of the transatlantic bond in facing key security challenges on Wednesday (15 February 2017). Addressing the media, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg noted that Ministers discussed the Alliance’s continuous adaption and how to sustain and speed up the positive momentum on defence spending.

14 Feb. 2017

Secretary General previews meetings of NATO Defence Ministers

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg briefed media on Tuesday (14 February 2017) on the agenda of this week’s meetings of NATO Defence Ministers. On Wednesday and Thursday, Ministers will address the Alliance’s response to a more challenging world. “We will stress the importance of fair burden-sharing and higher defence spending,” said Mr. Stoltenberg. He welcomed that defence spending among European Allies and Canada has increased by 3.8% in real terms in 2016, higher than expected. Ministers will also focus on the fight against terrorism, and threats stemming from the Middle East and North Africa.

10 Feb. 2017

Strengthening NATO-EU-OSCE security dialogue on arms control

On 10 February 2017, NATO convened an informal workshop on how to reinforce security dialogue in the Euro-Atlantic region. It focused more specifically on the importance of three major regional organisations – NATO, the European Union (EU) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) – in supporting each other to improve existing arms control mechanisms.

10 Feb. 2017

Deputy Secretary General highlights NATO-UN efforts to protect children affected by armed conflict

Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller addressed the serious threats against children in war zones during talks with the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Leila Zerrougui, on Friday (10 February 2017). The two leaders met at the Palais d’Egmont to attend the International Conference on Children and Armed Conflict, hosted by the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs with Queen Mathilde of Belgium. In her conference remarks, Ms. Gottemoeller stressed the importance of strengthening the protection of children in armed conflict and highlighted NATO’s work with the UN in this field.

9 Feb. 2017

NATO reaffirms its unwavering support for Ukraine

Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller welcomed Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman of Ukraine to NATO Headquarters on Thursday (9 February 2017) for talks on the security situation and NATO’s support for Ukraine. Ms. Gottemoeller noted that she chaired a special meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission on Wednesday, at which every single Ally voiced strong support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. She expressed NATO’s concern at the recent spike in violence in and around Avdiivka, and condemned Russia’s continuing destabilisation of eastern Ukraine.

7 Feb. 2017

NATO backs stable, secure and neutral Moldova

NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller welcomed the Moldovan President Igor Dodon to NATO headquarters on Tuesday (7 February 2017) for talks on the partnership between the Alliance and the Republic of Moldova. Ms Gottemoeller thanked Moldova for its contribution to NATO’s KFOR peacekeeping mission, which also gives Moldovan troops valuable practical experience. She explained how the partnership between NATO and the Republic of Moldova helps improve people’s lives, for instance with training for almost 2,000 Moldovans in areas such as fighting corruption in the defence sector, border security and civil emergency planning.

5 Feb. 2017

Readout of phone call between the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg ‎and US President Donald J. Trump

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg had a phone conversation with US President Donald J. Trump on Sunday evening, where they reconfirmed the importance of the Alliance in troubled times. They reviewed progress on the fight against terrorism and on NATO defence spending, and stressed the need for continued efforts to ensure fair burden-sharing among all NATO Allies. They also discussed the uptick in violence in eastern Ukraine, and prospects for a peaceful settlement. The Secretary General recalled NATO's consistent policy of strong defence and dialogue with Russia. The Secretary General and President Trump looked forward to the upcoming NATO Summit in Brussels in late May to discuss these issues.

5 Feb. 2017

NATO launches training effort in Iraq

NATO launched a new training programme in Iraq on Sunday (5 February 2017), teaching Iraqi security forces to counter Improvised Explosive Devices (IED). Around 30 enlisted soldiers are participating in the first five-week course. ''NATO's training and capacity building in Iraq is strengthening the country's ability to fight ISIL and provide for its own security,'' said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

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