During their meeting in Moncloa, Jens Stoltenberg and Pedro Snchez highlighted the importance of the summit, which will coincide with the 40th anniversary of Spain’s entry into the organization.
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The next NATO summit, in which a new strategic concept of the allies will be agreed, will be held in Madrid on June 29 and 30, 2022, the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, and the secretary Alliance General Jens Stoltenberg.
Sánchez and Stoltenberg have held a meeting at the Palacio de la Moncloa to start preparations of this appointment of leaders of the Alliance and that could suppose the first visit to Spain of Joe Biden as president of the United States.
In a joint appearance, the Chief Executive and the Secretary General of NATO highlighted the importance of this summit, which will coincide with the 40th anniversary of Spain’s entry into the organization.
Sánchez has highlighted the importance of renewing the strategic concept of NATO and advancing the so-called 2030 initiative.
“We are in a historical moment in which Spain will play a determining role in the renewal and modernization of the postulates of NATO, “he added.
The head of the Government has transferred to the maximum responsible of the Alliance that he will be able to count on all the capacities of Spain to celebrate this summit and that he will turn to his organization to make it a success.
In line with this, he has ensured that “the history of NATO is the story of a true security success and of association between the United States, Canada and Europe “and that Spain wishes to further strengthen the Alliance.
Sánchez also indicated that he hopes that this meeting will serve to “open a conversation with civil society and be aware of the important role that NATO plays for the security of the country.”
In his view, the Alliance’s current priority is ensure unity and cohesion internal and has ensured that Spain will work for it in the coming months.
For his part, Stoltenberg thanked Spain and its Prime Minister for hosting the June 2022 summit.
He explained that in the one held this year in Brussels and in which it was agreed that the next one will be organized in Madrid, the leaders of the countries that make it up agreed a very ambitious program for the future of transatlantic defense and security.
The target has said that it is cope “with a more unpredictable, more dangerous world, in which there is greater competition, with Russia becoming increasingly aggressive and China using its economic and military power to intimidate other states. “
“We will continue to see challenges in the southern part of the Mediterranean and instability in North Africa, the Sahel and the Middle East,” he added.
That is why he said that in the meeting with Sanchez they discussed how NATO could contribute more to stability in those areas.
For Stoltenberg, these challenges can only be tackled together Europe, the United States and Canada and adapting to the challenges of the future.
“And that is what we are going to do at the Madrid summit next year,” he explained.
He has referred to the next 40th anniversary of Spain’s entry into NATO to emphasize that, together with the country’s accession to the European Union, the consolidation of democracy in Spain.
In these four decades he has affirmed that Spain has worked in the Alliance to achieve a safer and more peaceful world and has addressed Sanchez to praise his role.
“Under his leadership,” he said. Spain continues to be a very valuable ally that makes very important contributions to that shared security. “
As an example of this, he cited the installation of ballistic missiles in Rota or the Torrejn de Ardoz operations center in Madrid.
He has also referred to the Spanish contribution in the training mission in Iraq and in those that are deployed in the Baltic and Turkey.
In the same way, he highlighted the defense that Spain makes of the collaboration between NATO and the European Union and that he has said that it must continue to grow.
The meeting in Moncloa between Sanchez and Stoltenberg was also attended, among others, by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jos Manuel Albares, and the head of Defense, Margarita Robles.
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