- NATO Foreign Ministers have announced steps to launch new hybrid strategy and assurance measures for Turkey.
NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg announced the additional measures were to be finalized in the upcoming weeks, while the NATO underlined their awareness of Turkey's position on the front line of regional instability to the south, at the NATO Foreign Ministers meeting held in Brussels, on late Dec 1.
Allies are looking at additional assurance measures for Turkey, said the NATO statement. Stoltenberg added that NATO has augmented Turkey's air defense for several years, and will continue to do so.
NATO Foreign Ministers took steps to further the Alliance's adaptation to security challenges from the south and reviewed the progress of the global coalition against the Islamic State, according to the statement.
Measures taken since the terrorist attacks in Paris and the Vienna talks to find a political solution to the conflict in Syria were also discussed at the meeting.
“The challenges from the south are grave and complex” the Secretary General said defining the action plan in three areas: strengthening collective defense; helping to manage crises; and working with partners to build regional stability.”
Stoltenberg also stressed that NATO has been helping partners in the Middle East and North Africa in order to strengthen defence capacities. This includes defence capacity building programmes launched for Jordan and Iraq, and NATO training for Iraqi officers in Jordan and Turkey is set up by the organization.
The training will cover areas including countering improvised explosive devices, cyber defence, and security sector reform, according to the statement.