NATO Chief Stoltenberg appoints Counter-Terrorism Coordinator

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There was a first in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). In line with Türkiye's request, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg appointed a Special Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism.

NATO Chief Stoltenberg appoints Counter-Terrorism Coordinator

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced that he has appointed NATO Deputy Secretary General Tom Goffus to the position of Special Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism.


In his statement on the issue, Stoltenberg said that terrorism continues to be one of the leading direct threats to the Alliance.

"Tom Goffus will ensure that NATO's response to terrorism is strong, effective, and coherent,"  Stoltenberg said.

Since January 2022, Goffus, who is the NATO Secretary General's "Special Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism", has been NATO's Deputy Secretary General for strengthening the defense capabilities of NATO partners, preparing the defense of Alliance territory, and responding to crises.

Goffus, who rose to the rank of General in the US Air Force, held various positions in the US Senate and the Department of Defence before his assignment at NATO.


It was announced at the NATO Summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, in July 2022 that the NATO Secretary General would create the post of "Special Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism".

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at the summit meeting in Vilnius, "The Special Counter-Terrorism Coordinator will strengthen our counter-terrorism efforts. This was Türkiye's request."

Stoltenberg stated that the fight against terrorism is reflected in NATO's new force structure, that terrorist organizations and all manifestations and forms of terrorism are being fought, that cooperation is being made with countries in Africa and the Middle East, and that the special coordinator will coordinate all these efforts.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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