NATO Deputy Secretary General thanks Iceland for its contribution to European security

  • 07 Mar. 2017 - 08 Mar. 2017
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  • Last updated: 08 Mar. 2017 14:35

NATO Deputy Secretary General, Rose Gottemoeller, ended a two day visit to Iceland on Wednesday (8 March 2017) by addressing students at the University of Iceland on how NATO is adapting to a new security environment. Ms Gottemoeller explained how NATO “represents the gold standard in multilateral security cooperation” and how it is strengthening its collective defence in Europe and doing more to fight terrorism.

Iceland, a founding member of NATO, is a highly valued Ally and although the country has no standing army, it has made important financial and civilian contributions to NATO missions in the Balkans and Afghanistan.

Ms Gottemoeller arrived in Iceland on Tuesday (7 March 2017) evening for talks with Iceland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson. The two discussed the current security situation and Iceland’s contribution to NATO.

On Wednesday (8 March 2017), the Deputy Secretary General met with the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs. She also gave a speech at a NATO Resources Conference in Reykjavik, which has been discussing how the Alliance can best use its financial resources to adapt to the new security environment. Ms Gottemoeller stressed the importance of common funding, which enables Allies to join together to boost their defence capabilities, such as with NATO’s fleet of AWACS surveillance aircraft.