NATO summit to launch new training mission for Iraq

BRUSSELS, Foreign Ministers will meet Friday to prepare for the upcoming NATO summit next July in Brussels, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenbergm told a press conference Thursday.

“We will launch a new training mission for Iraq at our Summit in July, ministers will agree further details on the mission tomorrow, we are currently planning for a training mission of several hundred,” he said.

He added that they will train Iraqi instructors, and help build Iraqi military schools so that expertise can reach thousands of others and help prevent the re-emergence of the so-called Islamic state IS.

“We will also discuss possible further support for Jordan and Tunisia,” he said.

Friday’s ministerial meeting will begin with a meeting to discuss Russia.

“For several years, Moscow has shown a pattern of dangerous behavior. Russia also backs the brutal regime in Syria, which has repeatedly used chemical weapons. It is also highly likely that Russia was behind the nerve agent attack in Salisbury,” said the NATO chief.

He stressed, “When tensions are high, it is even more important to talk with Russia.” The NATO ministers will also discuss Afghanistan and Western Balkans.

Source: Kuwait News Agency