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12 Jun. 2018

NATO hosts the African Union for Military to Military Staff Talks

On 6 June 2018, the Cooperative Security Division of the NATO International Military Staff (IMS) hosted the annual NATO – African Union (AU) Military to Military staff talks with a delegation from the AU and 30 representatives from other NATO bodies.

11 Jun. 2018

Exercise Trident Juncture 18 to demonstrate NATO’s ability to defend itself

All Allies, as well as partners Finland and Sweden, will participate in NATO’s largest military exercise in recent years, which will take place in Norway in October-November. Trident Juncture 18 will have an Article 5 (collective defence) scenario, and will be under the command of Admiral James G. Foggo, Commander of Joint Force Command Naples. At a press briefing in Brussels today (11 June), Admiral Foggo gave the media a first preview of the exercise together with Vice Admiral Ketil Olsen, Military Representative of Norway to the NATO Military Committee.

11 Jun. 2018

Secretary General praises Italy’s ''essential role'' in NATO

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in Rome on Monday (11 June 2018), praising Italy’s many contributions to security in Europe and beyond. Mr. Stoltenberg welcomed that Italy plays a leading role in Afghanistan and Kosovo, provides air policing for Montenegro, has deployed troops to Latvia, and leads NATO’s high-readiness Spearhead Force. “Your contributions are in the interest of Italy’s security, and they are important for the security of the whole Alliance,” he said

10 Jun. 2018

NATO Secretary General starts visit to Italy

The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg started a two-day visit to Rome on Sunday (10 June 2018) with a meeting with the Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Enzo Moavero Milanesi. Mr. Stoltenberg thanked the foreign minister for Italy's highly valued contributions, including in Afghanistan and Kosovo, and its focus on challenges from the south, which are important for the whole Alliance.

8 Jun. 2018

NATO Defence Ministers build momentum toward stronger NATO-EU cooperation

Joined by High Representative Federica Mogherini and Defence Ministers from Finland and Sweden, NATO Defence Ministers met today to review the unprecedented progress that has been achieved over the past two years in NATO-EU cooperation. The two organisations have been working together on 74 concrete areas of cooperation, including hybrid and cyber, maritime operations, exercises and military mobility, and the fight against terrorism. NATO and EU leaders plan to sign a new joint declaration in July to further enhance their level of cooperation.

8 Jun. 2018

NATO Defence Ministers discuss progress in Afghanistan

NATO Defence Ministers today (8 June 2018) concluded a two-day meeting in Brussels with a discussion of the Alliance’s training mission in Afghanistan, and its continuing support to the Afghan government and Afghan security forces.

7 Jun. 2018

Three Allies establish Special Forces Command

In the margins of the NATO Defence Ministers meeting on Thursday (7 June 2018), the Defence Ministers of Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the creation of a Composite Special Operations Component Command (C-SOCC). Once operational, this tri-national Special Forces Command will participate in the NATO Response Force and could support NATO operations, as well as other multinational missions.

7 Jun. 2018

Defence Ministers to agree NATO Readiness Initiative

Over the next two days, NATO defence ministers will take decisions to prepare the NATO Summit in July. Today (7 June 2018), ministers are expected to agree to boost the NATO Command Structure by around 1,200 personnel.

7 Jun. 2018

NATO Defence Ministers take steps to further strengthen deterrence and defence

Today, NATO Defence Ministers took important steps to strengthen the Alliance’s Command Structure to ensure rapid reinforcement across the Atlantic and Europe. Ministers decided to add more than 1,200 personnel to the Command Structure. The Alliance will also establish a new Joint Force Command for the Atlantic at Norfolk, Virginia (USA) and a new Enabling Command at Ulm (Germany). Ministers also endorsed a new NATO Readiness Initiative and discussed the importance of continuing to increase defence investments to make the Alliance stronger and more agile in response to the most serious security challenges in a generation.

6 Jun. 2018

Secretary General previews meeting of NATO Defence Ministers

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg previewed this week’s meeting of NATO Defence Ministers – the first in the Alliance’s new headquarters – at a press conference on Wednesday (6 June 2018). Ministers are expected to take a series of decisions on the NATO Command Structure and military readiness, discuss plans for a NATO training mission in Iraq, and review progress in achieving more defence spending and better burden sharing. They will also discuss NATO-EU cooperation, and hold a meeting on the Resolute Support training mission in Afghanistan

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