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NATO chief highlights political consultation, non-military cooperation

Xinhua, December 14, 2016 Adjust font size:

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg highlighted the importance of political consultation and non-military cooperation in strengthening NATO's unity in a speech here Tuesday.

Speaking at a conference organized by think tank Carnegie Europe, the NATO chief commemorated the 60th anniversary of the "three wise men report", or the report of the committee of three on non-military cooperation in NATO.

Stoltenberg explained that the report, produced by the foreign ministers of Canada, Italy, and Norway in 1956, paved the way for the alliance today, according to the speech text published on NATO website.

The report is generally recognized as one of NATO's cornerstone documents.

"The report helped to change NATO from being almost entirely a military alliance into a political-military alliance," Stoltenberg said.

"Non-military cooperation can be as important for the security of a nation or an alliance as the building of a battleship or the equipping of an army," he added. Endit