NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg had talks in Downing Street on Tuesday (15 October 2019) with Prime Minister Boris Johnson ahead of the next meeting of NATO leaders in London. It will take place on 3-4 December 2019 to mark NATO’s 70th anniversary.
In 1949, the United Kingdom was one of NATO’s twelve founding members and London was the home of NATO’s first headquarters. The meeting in London will be an opportunity for leaders to address current and emerging security challenges and to ensure that the Alliance continues to adapt to keep its population of nearly one billion people safe.
The Secretary General and the Prime Minister also discussed the current security environment, including the situation in Northern Syria. Mr. Stoltenberg thanked the United Kingdom for its important contributions to NATO, including leading a multinational battlegroup in Estonia, contributing to NATO Air Policing and naval forces, and for its commitment to NATO training missions in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Mr. Stoltenberg also praised the UK for leading by example by spending 2% of GDP on defence and investing in new military capabilities.
On Monday the Secretary General addressed the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and had meetings with the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, and Defence Secretary Ben Wallace.
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