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NATO Secretary General commends Romania for its contributions to NATO

NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

08 Mar. 2016

Meeting with Romanian Prime Minister Dacian Cioloş on Tuesday (8 March 2016), NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg thanked Romania for its contributions to Allied security. Calling Romania "a highly valued member of our Alliance," Mr. Stoltenberg stressed that NATO "counts on Romania, and Romania can count on NATO."

The Secretary General commended Romania for its participation in NATO-led missions in Afghanistan and Kosovo, its contributions to Black Sea security, and its strong political support for NATO's partners Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia. He also thanked Romania for hosting important NATO assets, including the Multinational Division South East, a NATO Force Integration Unit in Bucharest, and an important part of NATO's missile defence system in Deveselu. Mr. Stoltenberg also welcomed Romania's commitment to raise defence spending to 2% of GDP, in line with NATO guidelines.

In their talks, Prime Minister Cioloş and the Secretary General addressed key issues on NATO's agenda ahead of the Warsaw Summit, as well as NATO's response to the biggest security challenges in a generation. "A strong NATO is the best guarantee for security in Europe," the Secretary General said.

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