On February 12th and 13th, a meeting of NATO Defense Ministers, attended by the Minister of National Defense of Portugal, João Gomes Cravinho took place in Brussels.
During the ministerial meeting, several topics were debated, including NATO presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, NATO-EU cooperation and the new Russian missiles systems.
As for Iraq, Ministries agreed on the need to reinforce NATO's training mission, with NATO's Secretary General stressing that this non-combat mission's main goal is to increase the capabilities of the Iraqi armed forces so that they can become autonomous in the near future. To achieve this goal, it is essential to have the support of the Iraqi government.
Ministries also discussed topics such as cooperation between NATO and the European Union,with the new High Representative and Vice-President for the EU, Josep Borrell, and the Ministries of Defense of Finland and Sweden.
On the sidelines of the official program, NATO Defense Ministries also had the opportunity to meet with Ukrainian counterpart Andriy Zagorodnyuk.
The second conference of the NATO Center for Geospatial, Meteorological and Oceanographic Excellence (MGEOMETOC), aiming to create the center, will take place between the 11th and 13th of February, at the Hydrographic Institute, in Lisbon.
The objective of MGEOMETOC is to be recognized internationally as a center of excellence, which contributes to the development and operationalization of GEOMETOC capabilities in the Alliance. Collaboration between NATO and other international organizations, within the context of international partnerships, also contributes to the Alliance's transformation effort in this field.
Portugal is committed to establishing MGEOMETOC, which will be located at the Hydrographic Institute, a national state laboratory and a recognized centre of excellence, for the past 60 years.