Spain will host the next summit of NATO leaders, to be held in 2022 in Madrid. The general secretary of the Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, affirmed this Monday that the election of the Spanish capital – where a summit has not been held for 25 years – is “a recognition of the importance of Spain”, a country that he described as a “strong” and “committed” ally.
In a joint appearance with the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, Stoltenberg affirmed that the decision to celebrate it in Madrid is not only due to the fact that it is the 40th anniversary since the entry of Spain into the Alliance, but also in recognition of the “important role” you have in the organization.
Asked about the tensions with Morocco and the decrease in troops by France from the Sahel region, the NATO leader indicated that next year’s summit is an opportunity for the allies to focus on the “challenges that come from the south.” and that the Alliance has “a lot of potential in these challenges.”
“If our neighbors are stable, we are safer,” added Stoltenberg, who stressed that Spain has increased its spending on Defense and that it participates in numerous NATO missions, with “very strong” contributions in Iraq and Afghanistan, a mission the latter from which the last Spanish soldiers returned a few weeks ago.
President Sánchez, for his part, celebrated the election of Madrid to host the 2022 summit. In Madrid, he said, many of the decisions that the partners made this Monday in Brussels will come true, with the creation of a new strategic concept of the Alliance to replace the one approved in 2010.
For Sánchez, the NATO 2030 document approved at the summit this Monday reflects the change to an organization “more political, which has to be stronger militarily and more global”, as well as capable of facing new challenges such as climate change and the covid-19 pandemic, because “there are no longer exclusive problems of Defense, but Defense is part of the solution to any security problem.”
“The milestone that we are going to achieve by celebrating this important summit [en España] demonstrates Spain’s commitment to the Alliance, and the confidence of the allies and, in particular, of the Secretary General, towards Spain, “added Sánchez.
Government sources do a “very positive” assessment of the day this Monday in Brussels. Moncloa especially values the choice of Spain to host the next NATO summit, and also values the contacts that President Sánchez maintained throughout the day.
Among others, the leader of the Executive maintained contacts with the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of the USA, Joe Biden, and the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin trudeau.
In the case of the meeting with Johnson, both agreed to point out the “privileged historical relationship” between the two countries and agreed to strengthen these ties. In the meeting with Trudeau, Sánchez and the Canadian leader shared their concern about the immigration situation. And in the case of the conversation with the Turkish president, both expressed their hope that the Spain-Turkey summit, which could be held this year, be accompanied by a business forum to promote the recovery of commercial exchanges.