I am pleased to announce that the next NATO Summit will be held on 11 and 12 July 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.
We will further strengthen the bond between Europe and North America on which our Alliance is founded, as we continue to adapt our Alliance for the 21st century. In response to evolving threats, NATO has implemented the biggest reinforcement of our collective defence in a generation. Our multinational battlegroups in the east of the Alliance are now fully operational and we are strengthening our presence in the Black Sea region. We are also stepping up our efforts against cyber-attacks and hybrid threats.
We will build on our valuable work with partner nations and organisations to fight terrorism and keep our neighbourhood stable. We are boosting our mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan forces to ensure their country never again becomes a safe haven for international terrorists. We are supporting the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, and working to strengthen partners like Iraq. We are further deepening the relationship between NATO and the European Union, for the benefit of all our nations.
Belgium has generously hosted NATO Headquarters for fifty years, and I warmly welcome that our Summit will take place in our new Headquarters in Brussels. I look forward to a successful Summit in July 2018