12 May 2017

NATO Secretary General visits London

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has met with Prime Minister Theresa May during a visit to the UK, amongst wide spread speculation that the UK will be asked to send more troops to Afghanistan following the US announcement to deploy further personnel to the region.

Mr Stoltenberg was in the UK to discuss preparations for the upcoming meeting of Allied leaders, to be held on 25th May.

Amongst the discussions over the ever-changing security threats, the Prime Minister and Secretary General discussed the importance of fairer burden sharing amongst the allies. While Mr Stoltenberg praised the UK’s commitment to spending 2% of GDP on defence, and its significant contributions to the defence and deterrence aspects provided by NATO.

The UK is leading the NATO’s Spearhead Force this year, while a the NATO battlegroup based in Estonia is also being led by British troops in Estonia. The skies over the Black Sea are being patrolled by Royal Air Force jets, and British troops continue to play a leading role in Afghanistan with NATO’s mission to train, assist and advise Afghan forces as they secure their country.

The Secretary General thanked the United Kingdom for its enduring commitment to NATO and its leadership in Europe and beyond.

New approaches to the fight against terrorism were also discussed in order to support the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIL with AWACS surveillance planes and training for Iraqi forces.

Watch Mr Stoltenberg discuss the meeting here:

 

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