The next NATO summit will be held in London in December, marking the alliance’s 70th anniversary, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday.
“The next Summit of Allied leaders will take place on 3-4 December 2019 in London… I look forward to a successful summit,” he said.
Stoltenberg said the had discussed preparations for the summit of heads of state and government with British Prime Minister Theresa May during a visit to London last week.
The December summit will be a chance to “address current and emerging security challenges and how NATO continues to invest and adapt to ensure it will remain a pillar of stability in the years ahead,” Stoltenberg said in a statement.
He added that London was a fitting venue to mark 70 years of transatlantic military cooperation as it was home to the alliance’s first headquarters after the United Kingdom become one of NATO’s 12 founding members in 1949.
Nowadays the there are 29 member states and the headquarters is in Brussels.
“London was the home of our first headquarters, so it is a fitting venue for NATO heads of state and government to plan the Alliance’s future,” said Stoltenberg.