NATO to Increase Defence Spending, Exhorts Fair Burden Sharing

Meeting of NATO MiniOpening remarks by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenbergsters of Defence
Meeting of NATO Ministers of Defence

Arriving at the Munich Security Conference on Friday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the need for Europe and North America to work together was stronger than ever in times of turmoil and unpredictability.

The Secretary General stressed the importance of fair burden-sharing, noting that all 28 Allies have made clear commitments to increase defence spending.

He also will make the case for the importance of the transatlantic bond in a keynote speech today (18 February 2017).

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During his two-day visit, Stoltenberg will hold a range of bilateral talks, including with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, President Sauli Niinisto of Finland, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Liberman, US Secretary for Homeland Security John Kelly and US Senator John McCain.

The Munich Security Conference is one of the world’s foremost foreign and security policy gatherings, and more than 30 heads of state and government are scheduled to attend.

This year’s conference will focus on transatlantic relations, European security cooperation, relations with Russia and the conflict in Syria.

Photo courtesy: NATO

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