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18 Dec. 2014

NATO Secretary General sends season’s greetings to Allied troops

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg thanked Allied troops serving under the NATO flag in different missions in a video message released on Thursday (18 December 2014). Mr. Stoltenberg spoke of his admiration for the personnel serving the Alliance from Afghanistan to the Balkans, and from Turkey to the Baltics. “This holiday season, we reflect how fortunate we are to enjoy the benefits of peace and freedom,” the NATO Secretary General said. “We give our thanks to all those who keep us safe”, he added.

17 Dec. 2014

NATO pays tribute to ISAF mission, as new chapter opens in relations with Afghanistan

The North Atlantic Council met for the last time in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) format today (17 December). “For well over a decade, our nations stood shoulder to shoulder in the largest coalition for peace and stability in history. This has been a challenging mission, in many respects. Militarily. Politically. Economically,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said. “But we have met these challenges. Together, we have done what we set out to do. With a clear United Nations mandate, we have denied safe haven to international terrorists. We have made Afghanistan stronger. And we have made our own nations safer”, Mr. Stoltenberg added. “Challenges still remain. But today, Afghanistan is more stable and prosperous than ever”.

16 Dec. 2014

External Review Expresses Confidence in NATO Auditors

An external peer evaluation of the International Board of Auditors for NATO (IBAN) has found that the Board adheres to high professional standards of efficiency and effectiveness.

16 Dec. 2014

NATO Assistant Secretary General Stamatopoulos meets with the Prime Minister of Mauritania

The NATO Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy Ambassador Thrasyvoulos Terry Stamatopoulos met with the Prime Minister of Mauritania Yahya Ould Hademine in Nouakchott and discussed the partnership between NATO and Mauritania (15 December 2014). In Nouakchott Ambassador Stamatopoulos delivered a keynote speech at the NATO-Mauritania Conference to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Mediterranean Dialogue on 15 December 2014. Participants at the conference included Mauritanian parliamentarians, high level government officials, academics and media representatives.

15 Dec. 2014

Secretary General tells Ukrainian Prime Minister ''NATO stands with you''

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg discussed the Alliance’s efforts to support Ukraine’s government with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk at NATO Headquarters on Monday (15 December 2014). The Secretary General praised Ukraine’s commitment to its partnership with NATO despite challenging circumstances, and pledged ongoing political and practical support.

12 Dec. 2014

NATO forum supports enhanced comprehensive approach

Policy makers and practitioners in the field of crisis management attended the third informal “Community of Interest” workshop at NATO Headquarters on 11 and 12 December.

11 Dec. 2014

North Atlantic Council and Gulf partners discuss greater cooperation to deal with security challenges

The 28 members of the North Atlantic Council and its partners of the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative discussed common security challenges and ways for closer cooperation to deal with them during a conference on Thursday (11 December 2014) in Doha, to commemorate the tenth anniversary of this partnership.

11 Dec. 2014

NATO Secretary General hails Gulf partnerships in Qatar

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called for deeper political and practical cooperation with Gulf partners in a visit to Doha, Qatar on Thursday (11 December 2014). The Secretary General and ambassadors of NATO’s 28 nations were joined by the 4 partners of the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates) at a seminar to mark the tenth anniversary of this partnership.

10 Dec. 2014

NATO and Mediterranean partners discuss partnership, regional security with the King of Jordan

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the 28 Permanent Representatives to the North Atlantic Council discussed regional security and NATO-Jordan cooperation during talks with His Majesty King Abdullah II on Wednesday (10 December 2014) in Amman, Jordan. The high-level NATO delegation was in Jordan to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Mediterranean Dialogue, and was joined by the ambassadors of the seven nations (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia) participating in the partnership forum.

9 Dec. 2014

North Atlantic Council in Jordan: Mediterranean Dialogue is 'more important than ever'

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, with the 28 Permanent Representatives of the North Atlantic Council and the Chairman of the Military Committee, Gen. Knud Bartels, marked the 20th anniversary of the Mediterranean Dialogue on Tuesday (9 December 2014) in Amman, Jordan. They were joined by ambassadors of the seven nations (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia) participating in the partnership forum. In an unstable world, “the security of NATO countries is closely linked to the security and the stability in the Mediterranean and the Middle East,” the Secretary General said during a special seminar commemorating the anniversary. “That makes the Mediterranean Dialogue more important than ever.”

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