Secretary General previews NATO Foreign Ministers meeting

  • 18 May. 2016 -
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  • Last updated: 18 May. 2016 15:42

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday (18 May 2016) that NATO Foreign Ministers will take decisions in the next two days which will pave the way to the July Warsaw Summit.

Press Briefing by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

At that Summit, NATO leaders will take the necessary decisions to protect our citizens at home and to project stability beyond our borders, Mr. Stoltenberg said.

Speaking about the ministerial meeting starting in Brussels on Thursday, the NATO Secretary General said that Allied Ministers will welcome Prime Minister Đukanović of Montenegro to sign the Accession Protocol. “Following that ceremony, Montenegro will, as of tomorrow, participate in all NATO meetings as an observer, or “Invitee”. Once all Allies have ratified the Protocol, Montenegro will become the 29th member of the Alliance”, Mr. Stoltenberg said.

The Foreign Ministers meeting agenda also includes discussions on projecting stability in the Alliance’s wider neighbourhood by helping partners strengthen their own forces and secure their own countries.  Foreign Ministers will also focus on NATO’s support to cut the lines of illegal trafficking and migration in the Mediterranean Sea, on Russia and NATO’s policy towards eastern neighbours, on NATO-EU cooperation, and on NATO’s future support for Afghanistan.