Secretary General in Paris to discuss NATO adaptation to security challenges
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg visited Paris to discuss how NATO is adapting to the serious security challenges the Alliance faces both to the east and the south. He thanked France for being "a strong Ally and the heart of a strong NATO."
Mr Stoltenberg condemned the murder of Boris Nemtsov in Moscow, stating: ”He was a strong voice for democracy and we call for an impartial investigation into this terrible crime.”
In response to the changed security situation in Europe, NATO is reinforcing collective security. Mr Stoltenberg thanked France for its leading role in the assurance measures in the Eastern part of the Alliance and in launching NATO's new Spearhead Force. The Secretary General also stressed that France’s fight against ISIL and in the Sahel contribute to the security of NATO Allies.
The Secretary General and the French president also discussed the importance of strengthening NATO’s unique partnership with the European Union and the reinforcement of Europe’s defence industrial base.
The Secretary General also met the Minister of Foreign Affairs Laurent Fabius, the Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, and the Chief of Defence General Pierre de Villiers. He also met the President of the Senate Gerard Larcher together with French members of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.