North Atlantic Treaty Organisation distances itself from 'Greece - Turkey' conflict

Elias Hubbard
April 16, 2018

Ankara is hosting negotiations between the Minister of National Defense of Turkey Nurettin Canikli and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the Turkish Defense Ministry said in a message April 16.

Specifically, he stated that the leaders of Greece and Turkey need to address the issues that have been causing tension between the two countries themselves.

The US, UK and France told North Atlantic Treaty Organisation envoys on Saturday their coordinated air strikes on the Syrian regime targets were a last resort and aimed to stop more chemical attacks, Stoltenberg said.

Stoltenberg spoke in an interview with Turkey's NTV television.

"In this context, I welcome that the PMs of both countries have recently held a phone conversation and that they have agreed to resolve these differences through dialogue". "It has shown them that the global public did not watch what happened there silently", Stoltenberg said, adding that he also welcomes Turkey's support for the operation.

"There's a lot of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation presence in Turkey but I call on the allies to provide even more support".

Stoltenberg said Turkey "really" did a lot for the alliance despite facing "serious" security challenges.

"No other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally has suffered as many terrorist attacks as Turkey", he pointed out. "And you are the ally most exposed to the instability in this region".

The NATO chief is also set to meet on April 16 with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu during his visit, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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