NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg arrived in Germany today (16 February) to participate in the Munich Security Conference. He will give a speech on the future of NATO and European security, as well as nuclear challenges. The Conference follows meetings of NATO Defence Ministers in Brussels, where Allies took decisions to modernise the NATO Command Structure and plan a training mission in Iraq, as well as reviewing progress on burden-sharing, military mobility and NATO-EU cooperation. Arriving in Munich, the Secretary General called the conference “an important platform for dialogue in a more dangerous world.”
In the margins of the conference, Mr. Stoltenberg addressed the German Industry Forum on Friday, focusing on opportunities brought about by closer NATO-EU cooperation, and the need to avoid duplication. Over the coming two days, the Secretary General will also meet with several global leaders, including UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
The Munich Security Conference is one of the world’s foremost foreign and security policy gatherings, attended by dozens of heads of state and government and ministers. This year’s conference will focus on the growing role of the European Union in security, conflict in the Middle East, and nuclear security.