Today (18 February 2021), NATO defence ministers concluded their second day of meetings via secure teleconference. They discussed NATO-led missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. Both missions are key contributions to the fight against international terrorism.
On Afghanistan, Ministers reiterated their commitment to the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission – with training and funding for the brave Afghan security forces – and their strong support to the Afghan peace process, which is the best chance to end years of suffering and violence and bring lasting peace to Afghanistan.
On Iraq, Ministers agreed to expand the scope of the NATO mission, following Iraq’s request, in order to support the Iraqi forces as they fight terrorism and ensure that ISIS does not return. The mission will continue to be carried out with full respect for Iraq’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and in close coordination with the Global Coalition.