Traditionally, SACEUR meets with Belgium’s King during his tenure as the commander at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE). During the visit to the Belgian capital, General Wolters also met with the Minister of Defence Didier Reynders, Chief of Defence General Marc Compernol and the United States Ambassador to Belgium Ronald J. Gidwitz.
“Belgium has been our host for more than 50 years and a part of the Alliance for all 70 years of our existence.
“It is an honour to have met with Belgium’s leadership, maintaining a positive relationship with our host nation’s leaders is critical to the success of SHAPE,” said General Wolters. “Belgium has been our host for more than 50 years and a part of the Alliance for all 70 years of our existence. We are forever grateful to all they contribute to our mission.”
During the visit, the General Wolters expressed NATO’s continued readiness to support the nation of Belgium and the country’s continued commitment to NATO operations including: NATO Mission Iraq, Operation Inherent Resolve, enhanced Forward Presence Lithuania, and increased Resolute Support Mission presence.
“Belgium plays an invaluable role in the Alliance,” said General Wolters. “The contribution of their military assets such as: the F-35, a host of maritime vessels and land combat vehicles, help ensure NATO can meet our mission requirements.”
King Philippe ascended the throne on July 21, 2013 after the abdication of his father King Albert II. Since its independence in 1830, Belgium’s constitutional, hereditary and popular monarchy has had seven kings.
Story by SHAPE Public Affairs Office