Secretary General addresses NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Warsaw
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg outlined the key themes of the upcoming Summit of Allied leaders in a keynote speech to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Warsaw on Monday (28 May 2018).
The Secretary General highlighted that the Summit in July will address NATO’s efforts to strengthen its deterrence and defence, and enhance its role in the fight against terrorism. Leaders will also discuss NATO-EU cooperation, NATO’s modernisation and adaptation, and fairer burden-sharing.
In his speech, Mr. Stoltenberg underlined NATO’s unity and adaptation in an uncertain security environment. “We are 29 democracies with sometimes different opinions. That is the nature of democracy. But NATO stands united around our core task: we protect and defend each other,” he said. The Secretary General also thanked the NATO parliamentarians for their important work and oversight.
While in Warsaw, Mr. Stoltenberg held talks with Polish President Andrzej Duda. He praised Poland’s contributions to NATO operations in Afghanistan and Kosovo, as well as training in Iraq. The Secretary General also thanked Poland for hosting key commands and capabilities, including a multinational NATO battlegroup in Orzysz.
The Secretary General is also meeting with Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak.