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NATO FMs to discuss more cooperation with GCC countries for regional stability
Foreign ministers of the 28-member NATO will discuss how to boost cooperation with the Allianceآ’s partners in the Gulf region during their two-day meeting in Brussels on Thursday and Friday.
 
Speaking at a press conference at NATO headquarters Wednesday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the ministers will discuss "as part of projecting stability in our wider neighbourhood how we can work even closer with our partners in the Gulf region." In reply to a question by the Kuwait news agency, the NATO chief said he recently visited Kuwait and other countries in the Gulf region.
 
"There was a very strong message in all my talks with different interlocutors that we need to step up cooperation between NATO and the Gulf Cooperation Council," he said.
 
"We are looking forward to the opening of a NATO regional training centre in Kuwait," he said noting that he visited the site during his visit to Kuwait in February.
 
"It is a big, big building where we will have different kinds of training and capacity buildings activities and this is one example of increased cooperation with the Gulf," he added.
 
The NATO foreign ministers will discuss ways to support regional countries like Iraq, Jordan and Tunisia to fight terrorism and the so-called Islamic State.
 
Stoltenberg said that one of the main topics of this weekآ’s ministerial meeting and in the upcoming NATO summit in Warsaw in July will be "establishing security in the neigbourhood and which is very much about fight against ISIL." Stoltenberg said "we will discuss what more NATO can do to support Iraq. We are already training several hundred Iraqi officers in Jordan." "We have received a request from Prime Minister al-Abadi to expand our training mission into Iraq itself. And we will consider this request from Prime Minister al-Abadi," he said.
 
The ministers will also discuss support to the new government in Libya if so requested to train and build its military structures and institutions, he said and stressed that "we are not addressing any military intervention (in Libya)." They will discuss the situation at the Syrian-Turkish border he said and added that "every effort to step up support to coalition fighting ISIL is also support to Turkey." They will also talk about Syria and the ongoing political efforts in Geneva to find a solution to the crisis, he said.
 
The NATO ministers will discuss future support for Afghanistan including plans for its Resolute Support mission, and continued financial support for the Afghan security forces, and also NATO-Russia ties.
 
NATO foreign ministers will sign Thursday the Accession Protocol with Montenegro.
 
"Following that ceremony, Montenegro will as of tomorrow participate in all NATO meetings as an observer, or 'Invitee'. Once all Allies have ratified the Protocol, Montenegro will become the 29th member of the Alliance," said Stoltenberg.
 
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