NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg arrived in Poland on Thursday, March 7, for talks with President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. It is almost twenty years since Poland joined the Alliance.

NATO SG praised Poland’s strong commitment to the Alliance, which includes hosting a NATO battlegroup, leading the Baltic Air Policing mission in Lithuania and contributing to NATO’s training missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Secretary General also welcomed that Poland spends 2% of its GDP on defence and is making significant investments in new capabilities.

Jens Stoltenberg highlighted that Allies conduct regular training and exercises in Poland and that NATO has a strong deterrent presence in the region.

On Friday, Mr. Stoltenberg will attend an event held by the European People’s Party (EPP). He will also address a conference organised by the Polish Institute of International Affairs with the German Marshall Fund of the United States. His speech will be on the topic “Delivering on the Promise of Europe Whole, Free and at Peace: NATO 20 Years After Enlargement and Beyond”.