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11 Dec. 2016

Statement by the NATO Secretary General on Istanbul bombs

I condemn the horrific acts of terror in Istanbul. My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones in the bomb attacks, with those wounded and with the people of Turkey.

9 Dec. 2016

NATO trains Iraqi experts in cyber defence

Iraqi experts were trained on cyber defence at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey to improve their expertise and technical knowledge and to contribute to the strengthening of Iraqi national cyber defence capabilities. This course was supported by the Science for Peace and security (SPS) Programme and took place from 21 November to 2 December 2016.

8 Dec. 2016

Secretary General: Estonia is a steadfast Ally

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid to NATO Headquarters on Thursday (8 December 2016). The Secretary General praised Estonia for its commitment to the Alliance, including through contributions on cyber defence and to NATO’s mission in Afghanistan. He noted that Estonia leads by example on defence spending and will host a multinational NATO battalion early next year.

7 Dec. 2016

NATO reaffirms commitment to Afghanistan's long term stability

NATO Foreign Ministers concluded two days of meetings on Wednesday (7 December 2016) with a meeting on Afghanistan, together with Resolute Support Mission partners and Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani. Following the meeting, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stressed that both sides "reaffirmed our mutual commitments". Allies and partners will continue to support Afghanistan through the Resolute Support Mission and through funding, while the Afghan government will remain committed to reform.

7 Dec. 2016

NATO and the EU deepen ties as ministerial meeting wraps up

NATO foreign ministers concluded two days of meetings in Brussels on Wednesday (7 December 2016), during which they made progress on a number of key issues, including cooperation with the European Union. Allies approved a series of more than 40 measures to advance how the two organisations work together – including on countering hybrid threats, cyber defence, and making their common neighbourhood more stable and secure. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called the agreement “a milestone in our relations,” adding that “neither organisation has the full range of tools” to address new challenges alone, “but working together we are a formidable force for good.”

7 Dec. 2016

NATO Secretary General: ''Diplomacy only viable solution to Ukraine crisis.''

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg underscored the Alliance’s unwavering support for Ukraine following a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission with Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin on Wednesday (7 December 2016). The Secretary General warned that serious security problems are hindering progress toward a political settlement to the conflict. Mr Stoltenberg also stressed NATO’s enduring support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and the country’s reform efforts.

6 Dec. 2016

NATO Foreign Ministers meet in Brussels

NATO Foreign Ministers start two days of talks in Brussels on Tuesday (6 December 2016), focused on NATO’s adaptation to today’s security challenges. In the day’s first meeting – attended by EU High Representative Federica Mogherini as well as Finland and Sweden – NATO ministers are expected to agree a set of 40 concrete proposals to boost cooperation between NATO and the EU, including on so-called ‘hybrid’ threats, boosting cyber defence and working together at sea.

6 Dec. 2016

NATO Foreign Ministers discuss key security challenges

NATO Foreign Ministers are meeting in Brussels over the next two days (6-7 December 2016) to discuss key security challenges. Today, ministers will endorse over 40 proposals to deepen NATO’s cooperation with the EU in seven key areas. They will also discuss NATO’s efforts to project stability beyond its borders, including the Alliance’s support for the Western Balkans.

6 Dec. 2016

Foreign Ministers endorse over 40 proposals to deepen NATO-EU cooperation

NATO Foreign Ministers discussed steps to strengthen the Alliance’s cooperation with the European Union on Tuesday (6 December 2016). Ministers were joined by EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, as well as Finland and Sweden. They endorsed over 40 proposals to deepen NATO-EU cooperation in seven key areas, including countering hybrid threats, maritime security and cyber defence. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called it “a milestone in our relations,” adding: “neither organisation has the full range of tools” to address new challenges alone, “but working together we are a formidable force for good.”

6 Dec. 2016

Foreign Ministers review efforts to project stability beyond NATO’s borders

NATO Foreign Ministers reviewed progress in the Alliance’s efforts to project stability beyond its borders on Tuesday (6 December 2016). They discussed NATO support to the Counter-ISIL Coalition, the training of Iraqi officers, and maritime operations in the Mediterranean. Ministers also discussed the situation in the Western Balkans and the Alliance’s commitment to its partners in the region.

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