NATO chief urges Turkey for restraint

BRUSSELS, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that the Alliance has been informed by Turkish authorities about the ongoing operations in northern Syria.

“It’s important to avoid actions that may further destabilize the region, escalate tensions, and cause more human suffering,” he said in a statement.

“I count on Turkey to act with restraint and to ensure that any action it may take in Northern Syria is proportionate and measured,” he noted.

“Our Ally Turkey is at the forefront of the crisis and has legitimate security concerns. It has suffered horrendous terrorist attacks. And it hosts millions of Syrian refugees, “said the NATO chief.

“We must not jeopardize the gains we have made together against our common enemy, ISIS. Because ISIS continues to pose a grave threat to the Middle East and North Africa, and to all our nations,” Stoltenberg said and added that he will discuss this issue with Turkish President Erdogan in Istanbul on Friday.

Source: Kuwait News Agency