Opening remarks

by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the North Atlantic Council meeting at the level of Defence Ministers

  • 25 Oct. 2019 -
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  • Last updated: 24 Oct. 2019 16:13

(As delivered)

Opening remarks by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

So good afternoon. I think we are ready to start.


Today we will discuss NATO operations and missions, as well as the situation in northeast Syria. NATO is a platform for dialogue.

Including on issues where we see disagreements.

NATO remains committed to the fight against international terrorism.

And our training missions are key to preventing ISIS from re-establishing a foothold in Afghanistan or coming back in Iraq. 


We will review all our missions and operations.

And discuss the readiness of Allied forces.

Including the Readiness Initiative agreed at our Summit in Brussels last year.

We will assess our progress.

And what more needs to be done.

This concludes the public part of this meeting.

And I thank the media for being with us and we will continue this meeting in just a moment. So thank you.