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January 23, 2022

NATO ministerial meeting: DefMin Fifor highlights Alliance’s role in fighting terrorism

National Defence Minister Mihai Fifor hailed on Friday, within a ministerial meeting of NATO, the role of the alliance and the Resolute Support Mission (RSM) for the security of the allies, Afghanistan and the international community, in the context of efforts to fight terrorism, a release of the National Defence Ministry (MApN) reveals.

According to the quoted source, Minister Fifor highlighted Romania’s significant contribution inside the RSM, giving that our country was the 4th ally contributor with troops to this mission.

The second day of the meeting of NATO defence ministers was dedicated to events that included on their agenda topics such as cooperation between NATO and the EU, the development of the allied mission in Afghanistan, the Resolute Support.

Within the meeting focusing on the EU-NATO cooperation, that was attended by High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (HR) Federica Mogherini, there were tackled priority topics for guaranteeing European security. In this context, there were underscored the concrete cooperation areas, as well as military mobility, counteracting hybrid threats and cyber defense. Minister Fifor underscored Romania’s support for strengthening the EU-NATO cooperation, also highlighting the importance of the transatlantic ties for the European security and stability.

The discussions within the session in the RSM format focused on the development of the security situation in Afghanistan and the allies’ contributions to the NATO mission. Within the meeting of the Global Coalition Against Daesh, discussions were carried out regarding the current security situation of Iraq and the contributions of the countries participating in the Coalition have been presented.


 Fifor meets Finnish, Croat counterparts


Defence Minister Mihai Fifor on Friday had a meeting with his counterparts from Finland and Croatia, both countries that, together with Romania, make up the troika of EU member states to hold the presidency of the Council of the European Union in a period of multiple challenges for the European project, including the security and defence dimension, according to Romania’s Defence Ministry.

The discussions, which took place in the context of a NATO ministerial meeting, aimed to identify the objectives that can be jointly promoted by the three country to advance the implementation of the Global Strategy for the European Union’s Foreign And Security Policy, together with the European External Action Service.

“The defence ministers underlined the importance of strengthening the Common Security and Defense Policy in full complementarity with NATO, and the relevance of the transatlantic link to the security of the European continent. There is also a similar view on the need to deepen EU-NATO cooperation in countering hybrid threats, in cyber defence, as well as the field of strategic communication .”

Another common priority is to identify the best ways to support small and medium-sized enterprises in the defence industry, taking into account the opportunities offered by the European Commission’s initiatives under the European Defence Fund.

Fifor highlighted the complex European context generated by the UK’s exit from the EU and Romania’s commitment to supporting the implementation of ongoing initiatives at European level – the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO); the Coordinated Annual Review on Defence (CARD) and the European Defence Fund (EDF). He proposed a continuation of the high-level dialogue on the EU security and defence by organising a meeting in Bucharest this autumn.

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