NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg joined world leaders at the opening of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on Tuesday (19 September 2023). This year’s General Assembly is the eighth that Mr Stoltenberg has attended at the helm of the Alliance.
On Monday, the Secretary General met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Mr Stoltenberg praised Türkiye’s efforts, together with the UN, to revive the Black Sea grain deal. They further discussed stepping up NATO’s efforts in the fight against terrorism, and Sweden’s path to NATO membership.
While in New York, the Secretary General is also due to meet with a number of other world leaders and senior officials, including United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia’ al-Sudani, Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry, Singaporean Minister of Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan, and Jasem al-Budaiwi, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council.
On Thursday, Mr Stoltenberg will speak at the Council on Foreign Relations on the strategic importance of the transatlantic bond and continued support to Ukraine.