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Stoltenberg, May discuss Afghan peace prospects

Stoltenberg, May discuss Afghan peace prospects

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16 May 2019 - 13:40
Stoltenberg, May discuss Afghan peace prospects
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16 May 2019 - 13:40

KABUL Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and British Prime Minister Theresa May have discussed preparations for the next meeting of the alliance.

The NATO meeting in London in December will be an opportunity for allied heads of state and government to address NATO’s continued adaptation to deal with the security challenges the alliance faces.

The secretary-general and the prime minister also had talks on the current security situation, including Russia’s continued breach of the INF treaty, and burden-sharing within the alliance.

“The United Kingdom makes essential contribution to our shared security,” said Stoltenberg. He thanked the UK for its major contributions to NATO missions and deployments, including in the Baltic regions, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Stoltenberg also praised the UK for leading by example by spending 2 % of GDP on defence and investing in new military capabilities.

The two sides also discussed prospects for peace in Afghanistan, and highlighted the importance of training local forces in partner countries in the fight against terrorism.

The NATO chief also met Foreign Secretary Jerem Hunt. Earlier, Stoltenberg participated in a panel at the annual meeting of the Wall Street Journal CEO Council.

Addressing an audience of international business leaders in London, Stoltenberg highlighted the importance of the transatlantic bond and why NATO remains a pillar of stability in a more unpredictable world.

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