June 29, 2022

NATO leaders meet with key partners to address global challenges, Indo-Pacific partners participate in a NATO Summit for the first time

At the Madrid Summit on Wednesday (29 June 2022), Allied leaders were joined by some of NATO’s closest partners to address global challenges. Indo-Pacific partners Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and the Republic of Korea participated in a NATO Summit for the first time. The European Union and Georgia also took part in the meeting, as did Finland and Sweden, who have today been invited to become NATO members.


June 29, 2022

Press conference by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg following the meeting of the North Atlantic Council at the level of Heads of State and Government with Partners (2022 NATO Summit)

Good afternoon.
We have just concluded a meeting with some of NATO’s closest partners.

The European Union.
Finland and Sweden.
And for the first time at a NATO Summit, our Indo-Pacific partners:
Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and the Republic of Korea.

We now face an era of strategic competition.

We see a deepening strategic partnership between Moscow and Beijing.
And China’s growing assertiveness and its coercive policies have consequences for the security of Allies and our partners.