Chair of the NATO Military Committee visits Turkey

On the 6th and 7th September 2021, the Chair of the NATO Military Committee, Admiral Rob Bauer was in Turkey, where he met the Minister of Defence, Mr Hulusi Akar and the Chief of Defence, General Yaşar Güler. The Admiral visited NATO Allied Land Command, as well as the NATO-accredited Centre of Excellence Defence Against Terrorism and the Partnership for Peace Training Centre.

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On the 6th September, the Chair of the NATO Military Committee, Admiral Bauer laid a wreath and payed his respects at the Anitkabir Mausoleum, where the first President of the Republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, is buried. After this solemn moment, the Admiral headed to the Ministry of Defence, where he was welcomed in an official ceremony by the Turkish Chief of Defence.

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They also broached the programme for the upcoming NATO Military Committee Conference in Athens, where 30 Allied Chiefs of Defence will discuss NATO’s Operations, Missions and Activities; the Alliance’s Deterrence and Defence posture; and the implementation of the Concept for Deterrence and Defence of the Euro-Atlantic Area and NATO’s Warfighting Capstone Concept.

Subsequently, Admiral Bauer sat down with Minister of Defence, Mr Hulusi Akar. Their discussions centred on regional security issues, Turkey’s valuable contributions to the Alliance and the NATO 2030 initiative….

The Chair then visited the Partnership for Peace (PfP) Training Centre and the Centre of Excellence – Defence against Terrorism….