President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg have discussed on the phone the recent developments in Libya and Syria as the latter reiterated the alliance continued to support to the internationally-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), which is under attack by General Khalifa Haftar's forces.
The adaptation to new realities should be a gift for policymakers. The Covid-19 pandemic cannot but have an impact on security calculations. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said the Alliance needs to make sure that the health crisis does not become a security crisis. The Eastern Mediterranean is no exception. The new global reality causes uncertainty.
Greek Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos will on Wednesday take part in the NATO defense ministers teleconference to discuss the alliance's response to the Covid-19 crisis.
As well as ensuring the safety of allied troops and personnel, NATO is coordinating military support to allies in response to the pandemic.
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias has accused Turkey of undermining the values of the NATO alliance after his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu reiterated claims that Greek forces had killed migrants seeking to cross the countries' shared border, Kathimerini understands.
The exchange took place during a teleconference of NATO foreign ministers on Thursday.
The Greek Foreign Ministry has congratulated North Macedonia for becoming the 30th member of NATO.
"We congratulate the Republic of North Macedonia that joins NATO as the 30th member of our alliance. We welcome our neighbors to the NATO family and look forward to working together as allies," it tweeted.
North Macedonia on Friday officially became the 30th member of the NATO military alliance.
"North Macedonia is now part of the NATO family, a family of 30 nations and almost 1 billion people. A family based on the certainty that, no matter what challenges we face, we are all stronger and safer together," NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement. [AP]