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NATO supports Afghan forces with hundreds of tons of pharmaceutical supplies

Between November and early December 2020, the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) has operated several chartered flights from NATO Allies and partners to Afghanistan, transporting hundreds of tons of pharmaceutical supplies to the Afghan national army and police. These consisted of pain relievers, vitamins, antibiotic pills and ointments, polio vaccine, hand sanitizer, IV fluids and other critical medicines. All of these supplies will help Afghan forces improve their standard of care and reduce the risk of harm and infection to service personnel. Additional flights are scheduled to be operated through the end of the year.
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Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană said that NATO’s DNA is values and foresight

Addressing a virtual audience at an event organised by the Atlantic Council on Friday (11 December), NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană emphasised values and adaptation as key for future success of the Alliance.
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Operation Sea Guardian ends action-packed patrol in Mediterranean Sea

NATO Operation Sea Guardian has finished its last focused security patrol for 2020 today (10 December). As part of this activity (known as a focused operation), which started on 24 November, NATO maritime assets have been helping provide an accurate maritime picture to NATO commanders, enforcing counter-terrorism measures, and working with partners.
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Deputy Secretary General: private sector is vital to strengthening NATO’s resilience

Speaking at a webinar hosted by the American Enterprise Institute on Thursday (10 December), NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană emphasised the role of the private sector in strengthening the resilience of the Alliance. He also underlined that NATO is working closely with the EU, civil society and academia to boost the resilience of our societies in the face of complex challenges.
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NATO Secretary General discusses strengthening transatlantic relations with Portuguese Prime Minister

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa to NATO Headquarters on Thursday (10 December 2020). He thanked Portugal for its commitment to strengthening transatlantic relations and concrete contributions to NATO missions and activities. The two leaders discussed the fight against terrorism, the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, NATO-EU cooperation and next year’s NATO Summit.
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North Atlantic Council statement on the Afghanistan Peace Negotiations

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NATO Science presents: The Next-Generation Incident Command System

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Nomination of IBAN new Board Member, Mr. Franz Wascotte

Born in 1950, Mr. Franz Wascotte, Belgian nationality, studied law, and before he joined an insurance company with main activities in international trade (1974), he completed his expertise in the fiscal and tax domains.
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Composite Special Operations Component Command reaches full operational capability

Belgium, Denmark, and the Netherlands declared their Composite Special Operations Component Command (C-SOCC) headquarters as fully operational on Monday 7 December 2020. The Composite Special Operations Component Command combines national capabilities from the three participating nations into a deployable multinational headquarters, specifically designed for commanding several Special Operations Forces task groups. This innovative approach provides the participating nations with a capability that exceeds the sum of their individual national contributions.
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Deputy Secretary General Geoană addresses the European Defence Agency Annual Conference

Speaking at the European Defence Agency Annual Conference on 4 December, the NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană said that sustaining European defence is very important for NATO because European defence is “inextricably linked to transatlantic defence”.

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