A conference of NATO's Military Committee, the alliance's highest military authority, was opened in the Croatian coastal city of Split on Friday evening and over the next three days participants will discuss the global security situation.
This is the first time that a NATO conference at this level is being held in Croatia.
The host of the event is Croatian Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Mirko Sundov, who was joined at the opening by Military Committee chairman General Petr Pavel, Supreme Allied Commander Europe General Curtis M. Scaparrotti and Supreme Allied Commander Transformation General Denis Mercier.
The chiefs of staff of NATO's 28 member states attended the opening, as did the chief of staff of Montenegro, which is on the verge of membership.
The main part of the conference will take place on Saturday. Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic is expected to give an address.