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NATO Deputy Secretary General stresses the importance of security partnership for democracy

NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

19 Jun. 2020

On 19 June 2020, NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană participated in an online discussion of the Copenhagen Democracy Summit. The session about the "Military Backbone of Democracy" covered the current global security issues we face today and the resulting new challenges for global multilateral cooperation, including the COVID-19 outbreak. The Deputy Secretary General gave his perspectives on how the military and security partnership is important for democracy.

Speaking about COVID-19, he underlined that while all countries have been challenged by the pandemic, NATO nations have come together to support each other. He stressed that military forces from across the Alliance have transported medical personnel and hundreds of tons of supplies, facilitated the construction of almost 100 field hospitals.

Speaking about the economic recovery, the Deputy Secretary General underlined that the security and defence sector can also be a powerful engine for economic recovery, as investments in critical infrastructure, logistics, and military mobility can boost jobs, investment and innovation.

The Deputy Secretary General concluded that it is important for international peace and security that all countries act within the framework of international law to ensure stability and predictability and promote cooperation.

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