President welcomes NATO’s strategic reflexion

NATO – Telephone conversation between M. Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, and Mr Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, 2 December 2020

The French President spoke this evening to the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Mr Jens Stoltenberg.

He welcomed the strategic reflexion embarked on by NATO at the London summit a year ago, and in this regard commended the report by the group of experts submitted to the foreign ministers on 1 December, which provides balanced and useful clarification.

He expressed the hope that this reflexion will be stepped up and take concrete form in the coming months in order to strengthen the Atlantic Alliance’s unity, solidarity and cohesion, including by adapting the 2010 Strategic Concept, which heads of State and government will have to decide on at the next summit, on the basis of consultations to be carried out among the allies, in accordance with the letter and spirit of the Washington Treaty.

In this regard, the President emphasized his commitment to stronger European sovereignty, which helps strengthen the transatlantic partnership in the face of contemporary challenges. The issue of European sovereignty will of course be central to the work on the “strategic compass” being done in parallel by the European Union, which will be completed under the French presidency at the beginning of 2022.

The discussion also provided an opportunity to speak to the Secretary General, directly and in confidence, about the concerns raised by a growing number of allies on the strategic choices made by Turkey, which require clarification through a frank discussion within the Alliance in the new transatlantic context./.

Published on 03/12/2020

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