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    NATO to hold leaders' meeting in London in December

    BRUSSELS, Feb 06 (LETA--BNS) - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced on Wednesday that the alliance is to organize the next meeting of NATO heads of state and government in London in December 2019.

    Stoltenberg said on Twitter that the capital of the United Kingdom "is the ideal setting to mark 70 years of transatlantic cooperation, as the home of NATO's first headquarters back in 1949".

    "We are grateful to the United Kingdom for agreeing to host this meeting in NATO's 70th anniversary year," the secretary general said in a NATO statement.

    The United Kingdom was one of the alliance's 12 founding members and continues to play a key role in the alliance, making essential contributions to our shared security, he added.

    According to the NATO secretary general, the meeting in London will be an opportunity for allied heads of state and government to address the security challenges we face now and in the future, and to ensure that NATO continues to adapt in order to keep its population of almost one billion people safe.  

    The format of the meeting of NATO heads of state and government differs from the summit format in that no meetings of foreign and defense ministers will take place in the framework of it.

    In addition to London, Estonia also applied to host the meeting of the leaders.

    The previous meeting of NATO leaders was held in Brussels in May 2017, when the heads of state and government opened the alliance's new headquarters.

    NATO's regular summit, which is held every two years, was held in Brussels in July 2018.

    • Published: 06.02.2019 13:18
    • LETA, BNS
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