NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Romanian President Klaus Iohannis will join other top officials and security experts to address deputies from 6-9 October during the NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s Annual Session in Bucharest.
Iohannis will welcome Stoltenberg at Cotroceni Palace on Monday, October 9, to discuss the implementation stage of the decisions adopted at the NATO Summit in Warsaw in 2016 and at the summit in Brussels in May this year.
“Aspects related to the Alliance’s continuing process to adapt to the international complex security environment, focused on the NATO’s defence stance on the Eastern flank will be high on the agenda,” says a press release by the Presidential Administration.
Iohannis and Stoltenberg will also attend the opening of the 63rd plenary sitting of the NATO PA session, hosted at the Palace of Parliament in the Capital, with the Romanian president delivering a speech.
The Bucharest Annual Session will bring together around 300 delegates from the 29 NATO nations – plus 23 associate and observer countries. NATO PA represents members of national parliaments, forming an essential link between the Alliance and citizens across the Euro-Atlantic area.
According to a NATO press release, parliamentarians from NATO nations are getting together in Bucharest to assess challenges facing the Alliance, including tense relations with Russia, security around the Black Sea, terror threats emanating from Middle East conflict zones, and new trends in information warfare.
At the same time, the Romanian head of state and the NATO Secretary General will visit the NATO South-East Multinational Brigade from Craiova on Monday afternoon. The two officials will also meet Polish soldiers deployed in Craiova.
The brigade in Craiova has been decided during the NATO summit in Warsaw last year, when Romania and Poland have also agreed to embark on a strategic military partnership, namely that Poland to deploy a military unit in Romania and vice versa.