NATO's Allied Commander Transformation, General Denis Mercier, attended the December NATO Foreign Ministers meetings in Brussels during which progress was made on a number of key strategic issues, including NATO cooperation with the European Union.
Allies approved a series of measures to advance how the two organisations work together. Over 40 measures were adopted to help nations counter hybrid threats, cyber defence, and make their common neighbourhood more stable and secure.
General Mercier seized the occasion to further military transformation iniatiatives alongside General Pavel, Chairman of the Military Committee, General Scaparrotti, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, and General Nicholson, commander of Resolute support mission in Afghanistan.
Foreign Ministers took stock of the Alliance’s efforts to project stability by helping to build strong institutions in partner countries, training local forces, and tackling terrorism. Ministers reviewed progress on NATO efforts to support the Counter-ISIL Coalition, the training of Iraqi officers, and maritime operations in the Mediterranean. Ministers also discussed the situation in the Western Balkans and the Alliance’s commitment to its partners in the region.
At a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine mission, attended by Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, the Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, underscored NATO's "enduring support" for Ukraine. The Secretary General warned that serious security problems are hindering progress toward a political settlement to the conflict. Mr Stoltenberg also stressed NATO’s commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and the country's reform efforts.
Finally, at a meeting attended by Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, ministers discussed NATO's mission to train, assist and advise Afghan security forces, and reaffirmed their support to the country while the Afghan government said it would push ahead with reforms.
General Mercier will build on these initiatives at the upcoming Chiefs of Transformation Conference where hundreds of military leaders from around the world will join together at NATO's Allied Command Transformation to help shape the security agenda for 2017 and beyond.