NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg thanked President Emmanuel Macron for his strong personal commitment to the transatlantic relationship and France's substantial contributions to the Alliance. At a meeting at the Elysee Palace on Tuesday (15 May 2018), Mr Stoltenberg highlighted France's contribution to the NATO battlegroup in Lithuania and to Baltic Air Policing, as well as the country's role in the fight against terrorism, including in Iraq and the Sahel. Mr Stoltenberg and President Macron had a strategic discussion on current challenges and the preparations for the Brussels Summit in July. They addressed NATO's continued adaptation and modernisation, as well as burden sharing within the Alliance. The Secretary General thanked France for its leadership on defence spending, including by outlining a clear plan to spend 2 percent of GDP on defence by 2025. France ...