NATO’s primary responsibility is to deliver peace and security for almost one billion people. Our ability to conduct operations has been maintained during the COVID Pandemic. We continue to plan, prepare and act to maintain our security - now and in the future. Our NATO military medical staffs remain vigilant supporting NATO and partner troops deployed on operations and back home in our countries. We adapt our training activities to avoid any spread of the corona virus. NATO stands ready with a dedicated Task Force under the leadership of SACEUR to help our nations in the fight against the virus.
NATO continues to patrol the skies with our surveillance aircraft, coupled with air policing and our maritime deployments, we have battlegroups deployed in the eastern part of the Alliance. On operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kosovo NATO continues to deliver training and assistance. We are helping our partners to better understand and protect against the COVID 19 challenges. We are reducing our presence in Afghanistan in line with the peace process, to around 12,000 by the summer, reaffirming our continued commitment to Afghanistan.
NATO continues to provide a 360-degree, credible deterrence, 24 hours, 7 days a week, along with our joint work to counter hybrid activities and messages. Thank you.