NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană delivered a virtual lecture to the Omani National Defense College on Monday (20 March 2023), stressing that in a more interconnected world, security is more interlinked. He underlined the importance of working together as NATO Allies, but also with partners and other like-minded countries, in a more dangerous and competitive age. To that end, he welcomed NATO’s regular contacts with the Sultanate of Oman.
Mr Geoană underlined the bravery and resilience of the Ukrainian people as they resist Russia’s war of aggression, and further reaffirmed NATO’s continued steadfast support to Ukraine. He also touched on the need to tackle global and regional security challenges together, highlighting the importance of NATO’s Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI), a partnership forum that brings NATO Allies together with Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Oman and Saudi Arabia participate in selected activities within the ICI framework.
The Omani National Defense College specialises in strategic studies in the fields of security and defence, designed to prepare military and civilian officials for senior leadership positions.