NATO proclaims ‘strong solidarity’ with Turkey against IS

NATO proclaimed its “strong solidarity” with Turkey following a rare emergency meeting Tuesday in which members also urged the country not to use excessive force in its fight against extremists, a NATO official said. “The security of the alliance is indivisible,” ambassadors from all 28 NATO nations declared in a joint statement after the meeting, which had been called to assess the threat posed by the Islamic State extremist group and the Turkish response. They condemned recent terror attacks in Turkey, and called terrorism “a global threat that knows no border, nationality, or religion —

a challenge that the international community must fight and tackle together.” However, while public statements stressed NATO unity, the official said members also used the closed-door meeting to call on Turkey not to use undue force and to continue peace efforts with representatives of the Kurdish minority. The official was not authorized to speak on the record and spoke on condition of anonymity.



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