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NATO summit host Spain seeks focus on southern security

Added 06-26-22 02:04:02am EST - “Spain is lobbying for NATO to pay more attention to security threats on its southern flank when the military alliance gathers for a summit in Madrid later this week.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “NATO summit host Spain seeks focus on southern security”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Spain is lobbying for NATO to pay more attention to security threats on its southern flank when the military alliance gathers for a summit in Madrid later this week.

But with the war in Ukraine entering its fifth month, the priority for Spain's NATO partners remains firmly on deterring Russian in the east.

When NATO leaders convene in Madrid on June 28-30 they are due to revamp the alliance's strategic concept, which outlines its main security tasks and challenges but has not been revised since 2010.

Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares has been pushing for NATO to broaden its scope to help deal with non-military threats such as "the political use of energy resources and illegal immigration" in Africa.

"The threats are as much from the southern flank as from the eastern flank," he told a Madrid news conference on Wednesday.

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