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NATO to deliver on burden-sharing pledge: Stoltenberg
02 : 54 PM - 11/07/2018
Brussels, July 11 (BNA): NATO member states will deliver on their pledge for a fairer burden-sharing, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said.
NATO members will also spend an extra $266 billion on defence until 2024, he remarked hours before the 29th summit of the 29-member alliance opens in the Belgian capital Brussels.
Stoltenberg said that despite the differences and disagreements between allies, it was important for NATO to show that it could decide and deliver.
“We will deliver on how to strengthen our collective defence with high readiness of our troops. We will deliver on stepping up the efforts to fight terrorism with a new training mission in Iraq and more support for the Afghan security forces,” he said.
“We will also deliver when it comes to making sure that the alliance is always fit for purpose by modernising our Command Structure, establishing new two commands, one in Norfolk, Virginia, and one in Ulm, in Germany. But perhaps most important, we will also deliver when it comes to burden-sharing, defence spending. Because after decades where allies were cutting defence budgets by hundreds of billions of dollars and euros we are seeing now that they are adding billions of euros to their defence budgets.”
Stoltenberg said that the member countries were moving ahead with their pledge to increase their defence pending.
“We see that last year we had the biggest increase in our defence spending across Europe and Canada, in a generation, and based on the national plans we have agreed to develop last year, we estimate that European allies and Canada will add $266 billion to the defence budgets from now until 2024,” he said.
“A strong Nato is important for Europe, but is also important for the United States and therefore it is important that we show that this summit, despite differences on different issues is able to agree and deliver on strengthening Nato as a corner stone of transatlantic unity.”

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