DEFENCE

President Iohannis participates in ‘Steadfast Cobalt’ NATO exercise

President Klaus Iohannis participated on Wednesday in the ‘Steadfast Cobalt’ NATO exercise in Bucharest.

According to a release of the Presidential Administration, the President took the opportunity to highlight the scale and complexity of this exercise to test the interoperability of communication and information systems in support of Allied command and control for the NATO response force, and hailed the work of more than 1,000 participants in 35 specialized military units deployed to this effect.

Iohannis insisted on the efforts of Romanian authorities to consolidate this way Romania’s role of security and stability supplier on NATO’s eastern flank.

“Our country has demonstrated, within the ‘Steadfast Cobalt 2016’ NATO exercise, that it has host country capabilities for the forces that might be deployed on the national territory, thus confirming their own capability of integrating Romanian commands and forces in a major joint operation of NATO for collective defence in Eastern Europe,” the said release adds.

The President acknowledged the opportunity for Romanian troops to consolidate their technical knowledge and practical skills for joint missions in an international environment.

He concluded by thanking all the contributors to the planning, preparation, deployment and execution of this exercise, including troops and civilians who worked to ensure the preservation and development of interoperability of NATO, multinational and allied national commands and forces.

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