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25 May. 2016

NATO trains Iraqi officers in countering Improvised Explosive Devices

NATO is helping Iraqi officers learn how to find and defuse Improvised Explosive Devices (IED). Between 1 May and 6 June 2016, two dozen officers are undertaking courses at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Centre in Amman, Jordan. NATO is also providing “train the trainer” instruction, enabling the officers to build the professionalism of the Iraqi forces by sharing their new skills with colleagues.

25 May. 2016

Alliance prepares to move iconic ''NATO star''

The oxidised steel sculpture known as the “NATO star” has stood in front of the Alliance’s headquarters in Brussels since August 1971. As part of the move to NATO’s new headquarters, the star will be moved across Boulevard Leopold III to its new home this weekend. Physical preparations for the move began on Wednesday (25 May 2016).

24 May. 2016

Secretary General in Rome: Italy is a driving force within NATO

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg praised Italy’s significant contributions to the Alliance during talks with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in Rome on Tuesday (24 May 2016). “For more than sixty years, Italy has been a driving force within NATO,” the Secretary General said.

24 May. 2016

Taking action nationally on the Women, Peace and Security agenda

National action plans on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) are today the most common strategy used by 63 nations globally to show their commitment to the United Nations’ WPS agenda. While in the last few years there has been a proliferation of national action plans, implementation remains problematic.

23 May. 2016

Statement by the NATO Secretary General on Mullah Akhtar Mansur

The Government of Afghanistan and the US Government have confirmed that an operation by US forces resulted in the death of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansur.

23 May. 2016

Deputy Secretary General: NATO ideally equipped to project stability beyond our borders

NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow stressed NATO’s role in projecting stability to the east and to the south at the House of Commons, UK Parliament, on Monday (23 May 2016). Addressing the Henry Jackson Society, Ambassador Vershbow outlined NATO’s current security challenges and what the Alliance is doing to respond.

20 May. 2016

Foreign Ministers agree to sustain NATO-led mission in Afghanistan beyond 2016

Foreign Ministers from the nations participating in Resolute Support agreed today (20 May 2016) to sustain the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan beyond 2016 in a sign of strong commitment to the stability of the country.

20 May. 2016

NATO and European Union plan to take cooperation to the next level

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg opened Friday’s (20 May 2016) meetings of NATO Foreign Ministers by stressing the need for closer cooperation with the European Union. Speaking alongside High Representative Federica Mogherini, Mr. Stoltenberg called the two organisations “unique partners”, working closely to support partners and fight illegal trafficking in the Aegean Sea. At the Warsaw Summit, NATO and the EU aim for a joint statement on cooperation, new “playbooks” on fighting hybrid threats, and a programme of NATO and EU exercises. The Secretary General concluded: “we need to take our cooperation to a high level, and that is exactly what we are working on now.”

19 May. 2016

NATO Foreign Ministers to set the stage for the Warsaw Summit

NATO Foreign Ministers are meeting in Brussels on Thursday (19 May 2016) to begin two days of talks on key issues, setting the stage for the Warsaw Summit in July. Today, Ministers will take a historic step by signing the Accession Protocol with Montenegro. “As of today, Montenegro will have a seat at NATO’s table, taking part in all our meetings as an observer,” said Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Ministers will also consider how best to project stability beyond NATO’s borders, relations with Russia, the future of the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, and stepping up cooperation with the European Union.

19 May. 2016

Foreign Ministers agree NATO must do more to project stability in its neighbourhood

Foreign Ministers agreed on Thursday (19 May 2016) that NATO should do more to project stability beyond the Alliance’s borders. While stressing that NATO must retain the ability to deploy combat forces when needed, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said “we must also do more to train up local forces, to secure their own territory, and push back against extremist groups.” He underlined that such efforts are important for “preserving security here at home”.

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