NATO Secretary-General says lessons learned from Balkans, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya is that capacity-building is better for stability than intervention

Alwasat - Cairo Tue 23 Mar 2021, 09:50 AM
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NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, in response to a question about the possibility of NATO sending a mission to Libya similar to that in Iraq, explained that "capacity-building is the best way that NATO can help stabilize the region."

Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement carried by the official website of NATO on Monday that any lesson learned from what happened in the Balkans in the 1990s or Afghanistan or Iraq and also from Libya, is better prevention than intervention to help countries stabilize by providing training to those countries.

Stoltenberg noted that he welcomed the formation of the transitional government and the preparation for December elections. "We continue to support the peace process, and we will also help strengthen security when Libyans decide to do so."

The NATO mission in Iraq is composed of 320 personnel, comprising experts, advisers, trainers and staff, and does not involve any combat or security operations in the country.

Earlier on Friday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Jens Stoltenberg discussed a number of issues, including the Libyan file.

Diplomatic sources told Turkey's Anadolu Agency that Cavusoglu and Stoltenberg discussed by phone the agenda of the NATO foreign ministers meeting scheduled for Brussels on March 23-24.

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