Minister Andreja Katič attended June defence ministerial
Following NATO’s Secretary General Mr. Jens Stoltenberg opening remarks on the preparations for the upcoming Summit, putting an emphasis on a fairer burden sharing, ministers took stock of the progress on the implementation of Deterrence and Defence posture. They endorsed many important decisions, which are leading the Alliance into the final phase of its long term adaptation process.
In this context, minister Katič supported both the initiative to improve the pool of high quality forces as well as the decision to increase the peacetime establishment of the adapted NATO Command Structure, together with the location of two new commands. She also stressed that the implementation of all decisions adopted would send a clear signal of our continued unity, solidarity and commitment.
During the working dinner ministers focused on the progress of the Alliance’s efforts to project stability and fight terrorism. They provided guidance to the ongoing planning for a NATO Mission in Iraq, which is set to be formally launched by the Heads of States and Governments at July’s Summit.
The following day NATO defence ministers, together with EU’s High representative and Vice-president of the European Commission Federica Mogherini as well as defence ministers of defence of Finland and Sweden, addressed further NATO-EU cooperation and complementarity of their efforts on defence. Ministers also provided guidance for a new Joint Declaration to be signed at the Summit in July.
Ministerial concluded with working session in Resolute Support format, where ministers discussed the extension of financial commitments required to sustain the Afghan Security Forces till 2024 and further manning and the size of its forces.
At the margins of NATO Defence Ministers’ Meeting Minister Katič also attended the meeting of German-led Framework Nation Concept (FNC) grouping, where she, together with her German colleague, signed joint letter concerning the cooperation under the FNC. Initially Slovenia intends to contribute CBRN capabilities to this framework.
Minister Katič also met with contributing nations to the enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) in Latvia. At the meeting they welcomed Montenegro as a new member of the group. Montenegro intends to participate with its reconnaissance squadron from December 2018, integrated into fourth Slovenian contingent.
Slovenia participated also in the meeting of counter ISIL Global Coalition, where the discussion was focused on the progress achieved and on further priorities of the Coalition.