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NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg: Montenegro will become 29th member of our family in few weeks

Published date 25.05.2017 21:56 | Author PR Service

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Brussels, Belgium (25 May 2017) – Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg held press conference following the meeting of NATO Heads of State and Government. Secretary General Stoltenberg said that they have concluded a very good meeting, where they took important decisions on burden sharing, and stepping up the fight against terrorism. 

The Secretary General noted that one of the main issues discussed at the meeting was stepping up NATO's role in the fight against terrorism, stressing that an action plan to do more was agreed. The officials agreed that NATO will become a full member of the Global Coalition, in which all 28 Allies already take part. 

„Being in the coalition does not mean that NATO will engage in combat. But it does send a strong message of our commitment to global fight against terrorism,“ Stoltenberg said, emphasising that the Alliance is doing a lot in the fight against terrorism. 

The other main topic discussed was ensuring fairer burden-sharing across the Alliance. It was decided to develop annual national plans, setting out how Allies intend to meet the defence investment pledge made in 2014. The annual national plans are aimed at keeping up the momentum and investing more and better in defence. 

NATO's relationship with Russia was another topic of discussion. The Alliance remains opened to dialogue with Russia. It stands strong together not to provoke a conflict, but to prevent it, as well as to preserve peace. 

„We welcomed Prime Minister Marković to our table today. Montenegro will become the 29th member of our family in just a few weeks. A clear sign that NATO's door remains open to nations which share our values and wish to contribute to the most successful alliance in history,“ SG Stoltenberg said, referring to Montenegro's NATO membership.

The Secretary General concluded the press conference with words that decisions taken at today's meeting will make the Alliance stronger and safer as it continues to adapt to new challenges.