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23 Jan. 2019

Secretary General welcomes President of Georgia to NATO

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed President Salomé Zourabichvili to NATO on Wednesday (23 January 2019) for talks on the Alliance’s deepening partnership with Georgia. The Secretary General thanked President Zourabichvili for Georgia’s contributions to NATO’s training mission in Afghanistan and to the NATO Response Force, and for hosting an upcoming joint exercise in March. Calling Georgia “a unique partner”, Mr. Stoltenberg welcomed the country’s progress on reform, and pledged NATO’s support as Georgia continues to prepare for membership in the Alliance.

21 Jan. 2019

NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller visits Israel

From 20 to 21 January 2019, NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller paid an official visit to Israel, to discuss practical cooperation activities between NATO and Israel. She met with government officials in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to exchange views on current developments in the region.

21 Jan. 2019

NATO intelligence chief visits Skopje for talks on defence reforms

The head of NATO’s intelligence and security division, Ambassador Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven, started three days of talks in Skopje on Monday (21 January 2019) focused on reforming the country’s defence and security institutions.

18 Jan. 2019

NATO Secretary General thanks EUROCONTROL for continued cooperation

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg visited the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL) on Friday (18 January 2019) to meet Director General Eamonn Brennan and reaffirm the close collaboration between the two organisations.

16 Jan. 2019

US and Denmark take command of two NATO naval groups

A US Navy Admiral has assumed command of NATO’s Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG) 1, taking over from a Royal Danish Navy Commodore. In a ceremony marking the hand-over in Copenhagen on Monday (14 January 2019), Rear Admiral Edward Cashman of the US Navy said: “The North Atlantic is a bridge that connects the Allies, not a barrier that separates them. That connectivity is even stronger today and more important than ever to our security and to our prosperity." Rear Admiral Cashman will command the group from the new flagship, the USS Gravely. At the same ceremony, the Royal Danish Navy’s Commander Peter Krogh took command of Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group (SNMCMG) 1, succeeding a Belgian Navy commander.

11 Jan. 2019

Algerian academics visit NATO Headquarters

On the 10th and 11th of January, a group of distinguished Algerian academics and university professors visited NATO Headquarters in the framework of our public diplomacy activity.

3 Jan. 2019

Poland takes over NATO air policing mission in Baltic states

The Polish air force on Thursday (3 January 2019) took over the lead for NATO’s air policing mission in the Baltic states from the Belgian Air Force. In a ceremony at Lithuania’s Šiauliai airbase General Tod Wolters, Commander Allied Air Command welcomed the Polish Air Force detachment and commended the Belgian Air Force for having kept the Baltic airspace safe during their four months tour.

1 Jan. 2019

Germany steps up to lead NATO high readiness force

German forces on Tuesday (1 January 2019) took the lead for NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), providing thousands of soldiers to be on standby and ready to deploy within days. Germany takes over from Italy, which provided the VJTF lead brigade in 2018.

21 Dec. 2018

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s end of the year video message to NATO troops

Holiday greetings to all our servicemen and women.

19 Dec. 2018

Statement by the NATO Spokesperson Oana Lungescu on the Secretary General‎'s phone call with Mr Haradinaj

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg had a phone call today with Mr Ramush Haradinaj of Kosovo. He informed Mr Haradinaj that the North Atlantic Council had an initial discussion on the recently adopted laws on the transition of the Kosovo Security Force (KSF). The Secretary General informed Mr Haradinaj that, as the mandate of the KSF is evolving, the North Atlantic Council will re-examine NATO’s level of engagement with the KSF in the new year. NATO will continue its KFOR mission to ensure a safe and secure environment in Kosovo. KFOR operates under a UN mandate and will not be affected by the laws on the transition of KSF. The Secretary General will continue his engagement with all actors relevant for regional stability.

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