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From May 28th to May 31st, General Denis Mercier conducted two country visits to Greece and Egypt to engage with national officials about military transformation, the emergent complexity of international security and the geopolitical situation facing countries in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.

These discussions were held following the successful conclusion meetings where NATO leaders demonstrated transatlantic unity and resolve, where Allies took important decisions to do more in the fight against terrorism and agreed to fairer burden sharing across NATO.

In Greece, General Mercier met with Minister Panos Kammenos, Minister of National Defence, and Admiral Evangelos Apostolakis, Chief of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff.

General Mercier also visited Souda Bay where NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Centre’s mission is to conduct the combined training necessary for NATO forces and Partners to better execute surface, sub-surface, aerial surveillance, and special operations activities in support of Maritime Interdiction Operations.

In Egypt, General Mercier discussed military cooperation with Lt. Gen Mahmoud Hegazy, Chief-of-Staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces. The talks addressed means of boosting military ties between the Egyptian military and NATO. Egypt is seeking more military coordination, cooperation and exchange of information and expertise between its Armed Forces and NATO. Egypt is part of NATO's Mediterranean Dialogue, a forum for political consultations and practical cooperation.