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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg visits Luxembourg ahead of the 2018 NATO Summit

Published Monday June 25 2018

Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Etienne Schneider and Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn received the Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, for a working visit in Luxembourg on 25 June. They discussed the preparations of the NATO Summit, which will take place on 11-12 July in Brussels, as well as Luxembourg’s contributions to NATO and EU-NATO cooperation.

Prime Minister Bettel declared that “the Transatlantic Alliance is based on common values. We reaffirm the necessity of unity, solidarity and the transatlantic relationship”, and added “NATO has managed to maintain the peace in Europe for more than half a century, and we have to do everything to keep things that way”. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Etienne Schneider stated that “Luxembourg has taken concrete commitments for a reinforcement of European Defense within the European Union and within NATO. Luxembourg will honor its commitments and increase its defense effort in a useful and reliable way. We will create new defense structures in Luxembourg for useful military contributions and to respond to national needs for crisis management." Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Jean Asselborn underlined that Luxembourg attaches great importance to the strengthening of the cooperation and complementarity between NATO and the European Union : “the EU’s efforts in the context of its global strategy contribute to better defense capabilities and will also benefit NATO”.

Secretary General Stoltenberg also participated in the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the NATO Support and Procurement Agency and of the 50th anniversary of its establishment in Luxembourg.