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NATO Secretary General meets Finnish Foreign Minister

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto to NATO Headquarters for the first time on Monday (21 September). The Secretary General praised the close partnership between NATO and Finland, and thanked the minister for Finland’s contributions to NATO operations and exercises. He noted that NATO and Finnish troops continue to work side by side in NATO missions in Afghanistan, Kosovo and Iraq.
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Secretary General stresses the importance of engaging with the young people for NATO’s future

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg delivered an online keynote speech on “Mapping the New Transatlantic Decade” at the 12th annual Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) Forum on Monday (21 September 2020). The Secretary General highlighted his three priorities for NATO 2030 reflection process, namely keeping NATO strong militarily, making NATO stronger politically, and ensuring a more global approach for NATO. The Secretary General emphasized that NATO 2030 is about the future of the Alliance. He underscored his determination to take the ideas and concerns of the young people into account and the importance of engaging with them to discuss the new challenges that NATO is facing.
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Secretary General and Polish Foreign Minister discuss NATO deterrence and defence

In a face-to-face meeting at NATO Headquarters on Monday (21 September), Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg thanked Polish foreign minister Zbigniew Rau for his country’s significant commitment to NATO, including by hosting the US-led multinational battlegroup, contributing to missions in Afghanistan and Iraq, and continuing to invest two percent of its GDP in defence. The Secretary General also welcomed the recent announcement that Poland will contribute to NATO’s tailored assurance measures for Turkey with 80 soldiers, supporting airborne warning systems and naval reconnaissance activities.
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NATO Chiefs of Defence enhance military plans, capabilities and resources

On 18 September 2020, the Allied Chiefs of Defence gathered virtually for their final Military Committee Conference of 2020. Discussions focused on Operations, missions and activities, Deterrence and Defence of the Euro Atlantic Area Alignment, NATO’s Warfighting Capstone Concept and Russia – Capabilities and Response. The Military Committee’s advice will frame discussions in the North Atlantic Council ahead of this year’s Defence and Foreign Ministerials. Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Chairman of the Military Committee, led the day’s meeting assisted by NATO’s Strategic Commanders, General Tod Wolters, SACEUR, and General Andre Lanata, SACT.
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Coronavirus response: United States delivers ventilators for NATO stockpile

On Friday (18 September 2020), the United States donated 200 ventilators to a stockpile of medical supplies that NATO has established to respond to a potential second wave of COVID-19. The US Agency for International Development delivered the ventilators to the NATO Support and Procurement Agency’s Southern Operational Centre in Taranto, Italy. Civilian and military officials from Italy, the United States and other Allied countries attended the handover ceremony.
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US delivers four aircraft to the Afghan Air Force, as part of NATO continued support to the Afghan security forces

Today (17 September 2020), the United States, as a contributing nation to the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission, transferred four A-29 Super Tucano aircraft to the Afghan Air Force, during a ceremony in Kabul.
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Secretary General participates in NATO seminar on security and the environment

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg today (17 September 2020) participated in a seminar at NATO Headquarters in Brussels entitled ‘NATO and Nature, a changing climate: why the environment matters to NATO, and what to do about it.’ The event discussing security and the environment was jointly organized by the delegations of Italy and the United Kingdom.
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NATO’s new Atlantic command declared operational

NATO’s new Atlantic Command was declared operational in a ceremony in Norfolk, Virginia on Thursday (17 September 2020). Joint Force Command Norfolk, established to protect sea lanes between Europe and North America, is the first NATO headquarters dedicated to the Atlantic since 2003.
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Secretary General welcomes Iraqi Foreign Minister at NATO Headquarters

Today (16 September 2020), NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with Foreign Minister of Iraq Mr. Fuad Mohammad Hussein, at NATO Headquarters in Brussels. The Secretary General shared his deepest sympathies for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and reaffirmed NATO Allies’ commitment to continue supporting Iraq in responding to this crisis. Mr. Stoltenberg also welcomed Prime Minister al-Kadhimi’s continued efforts to pursue a comprehensive reform process to make Iraq more secure for its people and the region.
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NATO Military Committee Chairman visits Allied Land Command

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee visited NATO’s Allied Land Command in Izmir, Turkey on 9 September 2020. He met with Commander LANDCOM, Lieutenant General Roger L. Cloutier Jr who took office in August of this year. While at the Command, Air Chief Marshal Peach received briefings on LANDCOM’s mission responsibilities and the security situation in neighbouring countries.

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