‘No call for NATO mission in northeastern Syria’


There was no call for a NATO mission in northeastern Syria, the alliance’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday.

“There has been no call for NATO mission in north-east Syria,” Stoltenberg told reporters ahead of NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels, where he was asked if NATO foresees a role for the creation of a safe zone in northern Syria.

“I strongly believe that what we need is an effort to support a political process, a lasting political solution and therefore also NATO strongly supports UN-led efforts to find a political solution to the crisis in Syria,” Stoltenberg added.

He said the defense ministers will discuss German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer’s proposal for an “internationally controlled security zone” in northern Syria to stabilize the region.

“I think it is positive that NATO allies and in this case Germany, have proposals, have ideas on how we can move forward how we can create the conditions for a lasting and political solution,” he added.
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