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Assistant Secretary General for operations of NATO, Patrick Turner, had a meeting at MapN headquarters


State Secretary for Defence Policy and Planning Mircea Dusa had on Tuesday a meeting at the National Defence Ministry (MApN) headquarters with Assistant Secretary General for operations of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Patrick Turner. The discussions of the two officials aimed at topics such as the security environment development on an international level and priorities on the Alliance's agenda. 

According to a release of the MApN, Dusa underscored the fact that allocating two percent of the GDP in 2017 for defence ensures predictability for the policy of upgrading the army forces, but also observes Romania's commitments within the NATO.
According to the quoted source, the Romanian official emphasized on the importance of a unitary approach of the strengthening measures of the entire eastern flank and Romania's commitment to participate in the Combat Group in Poland under the US command. The Secretary of State also tackled the progresses made in constructing the Multinational Brigade in Craiova. 

"Patrick Turner portrayed Romania as being an important and determined allied in implementing the security commitments that were assumed, on a national plan, as well as in the context of ally, a thing that is proven by the allocation of two percent of the GDP (for defence -e.n.)," the release mentions. 

Furthermore, the NATO official highlighted the fact that, through the role and measures assumed in the regional security area, Romania can be considered a pillar of stability at the Black Sea, the release also points out.

Patrick Turner participated in the seminar of the NATO Joint Resilience and Civil Preparedness Planning Group organized by the Ministry of Internal Affairs at the Palace of Parliament. În this context, he said that Romania is one of the strongest NATO allies in this regard, but in others as well. There is still work to do on all seven basic requirements, but this applies to all allies. No ally fully meets these basic requirements. (...) It will stay a goal in the works because there will always be new challenges, new threats we must consider, said Turner. 

He went on to say that in the current difficult and changing security context all NATO states must strengthen resilience towards a wide range of threats. 

Resilience requires a long-term effort. (...) We must build solid ties between civil and military authorities. (...) We must have a resilience system capable of handling all kinds of challenges, from natural disasters to hybrid attacks and a whole variety of other challenges, the NATO official added.