Friday, 22 November 2019 07:15 GMT

NATO Defence Ministers to discuss fight against terrorism

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) BRUSSELS, Feb 14 (KUNA) -- NATO Defence Ministers begin a 2-day meeting later Wednesday to address a range of issues, including NATO's Command Structure, fair burden-sharing, cooperation with the EU, and the Alliance's role in projecting stability and fighting terrorism.

"Today and tomorrow, Defence Ministers will meet here in Brussels to prepare for our Summit in July," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told journalists ahead of the meeting.

They will also discuss NATO's role in projecting stability and the fight against terrorism, he said.

"NATO contributes to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS with AWACS surveillance flights and training for Iraqi forces. And the Coalition has made major progress.Liberating nearly all of the territory once held by ISIS in Iraq and Syria," said the NATO chief.

But he warned that "ISIS will remain a threat even when they no longer hold any territory. So training for the Iraqi forces is key." Stoltenberg said he expects the ministers will agree to begin planning for a NATO training mission in Iraq.

"This will put our presence on a firmer footing. With established procedures for generating forces and funding. This will help make Iraq safer. And us more secure," he added.(end)


NATO Defence Ministers to discuss fight against terrorism