Joint press point with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the Prime Minister of Romania, Ludovic Orban


Last Last updated: 09 Jan. 2020 15:10


(As delivered)

Prime Minister Orban,

A warm welcome to NATO Headquarters. It is great to see you here.

And congratulations on your appointment as Prime Minister.

Romania plays a key role in our Alliance.

You contribute to NATO operations in Afghanistan and Kosovo.

You host our ballistic missile defence site in Deveselu.

And your troops deter aggression as part of our multinational battlegroup in Poland.

You also make essential contributions to Black Sea security.

Leading a multinational battlegroup in Craiova,

And participating in joint exercises and maritime patrols. 

We agree on the strategic importance of the Black Sea region.

And we have strengthened NATO’s presence on land, at sea and in the air.                    


To keep our people safe in a more dangerous world, we also need to invest in defence.

So I welcome Romania’s plans to spend 2 percent on defence this year. And I welcome the fact that you have already reached 2 per cent of GDP to defence.

And also your plans to modernise your armed forces over the next decade.

I count on Romania, as on all Allies, to keep up the momentum.


Prime Minister, we have just discussed the current tensions in the Middle East.

The situation in this region remains volatile and fragile.

It is in nobody’s interest to have a new conflict.

Peace and stability in the Middle East is important for NATO Allies.

So Allies continue to consult closely.

Yesterday, I spoke with President Trump.

He asked NATO to become more involved in the Middle East.

NATO has the potential to contribute more to regional stability and the fight against international terrorism.

And we are looking into what more we can do.

This week, I also spoke to Iraqi Prime Minister Mahdi.

I reiterated NATO’s strong commitment to the fight against terrorism.

And to our training and capacity-building mission to prevent the return of our common enemy, ISIS.  

We agreed on the need for restraint and de-escalation in the region.

Let me thank Romania for its contributions to NATO’s mission in Iraq.

The safety of our personnel is paramount.

For the time being, we have suspended our training.

And we are taking all precautions necessary to protect our people.

This includes the re-positioning of personnel to different locations both inside and outside Iraq.

But NATO maintains a presence in Iraq.

And we remain in close contact with the Iraqi authorities.

So, Prime Minister, let me once again welcome you to NATO and thank you for Romania’s strong commitment to our Alliance.  And I look forward to continuing working closely with you.

Thank you.

Source: NATO.INT


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