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NATO recommendations should be used to save lives

NATO recommendations should be used to save lives

With Anders Fogh Rasmussen NATO Secretary General (2009 – 2014) and Nicola de Santis By Habib Toumi BAHRAIN: Going through the recent assessment of NATO’s engagement in Afghanistan and the ensuing recommendations, I had an eerie feeling of déjà-vu. One recommendation read: “When planning and conducting future operations, Allies should continuously assess strategic interests, remain […]

Setting the record straight in Afghanistan: Need to explain what NATO really did

Setting the record straight in Afghanistan: Need to explain what NATO really did

ROMA: The former number two of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has insisted on setting the record straight on what happened in Afghanistan, making a clear distinction between what the Americans did and what the alliance did. “In Afghanistan, the mistakes made are there for all to see, but we must be careful not […]

Iraq premier invites NATO secretary-general to visit Baghdad “at earliest opportunity”

Iraq premier invites NATO secretary-general to visit Baghdad “at earliest opportunity”

By Habib Toumi BAGHDAD: Iraq’s newly-appointed Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi has invited NATO’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg to visit Baghdad “as soon as possible” to discuss ways of increasing collaboration with the alliance’s mission in Iraq. Kadhimi stressed that the Iraqi government attaches great importance to the partnership with NATO and extended an invitation to […]

NATO marks 15 years of partnership with Gulf countries

NATO marks 15 years of partnership with Gulf countries

Brussels: North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has reiterated the alliance’s commitment to its partnership with the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) launched in 2004 to contribute to long-term global and regional security with the Arab countries in the Gulf. “The security of our ICI partners is of strategic importance to NATO. Through […]

Trump hints U.S. may use military force against North Korea if necessary

Trump hints U.S. may use military force against North Korea if necessary

Washington: U.S. President Donald Trump hinted Tuesday that the United States may use military force against North Korea if necessary, after Pyongyang warned that an end-of-year deadline for the two countries’ denuclearization negotiations is drawing near. Trump revived the threat of military action as negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang have stalled over how to match […]

U.S. set to press South Korea, NATO over burden-sharing next week

U.S. set to press South Korea, NATO over burden-sharing next week

Washington: Next week promises to underscore the Trump administration’s demands that allies pay more for their defense, with a new round of negotiations over South Korea’s contributions to the upkeep of American troops in the country and President Donald Trump’s attendance at a meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) leaders. In Washington, negotiators from […]

No MAP to Georgia at Warsaw summit – James Appathurai

No MAP to Georgia at Warsaw summit – James Appathurai

No Membership Action Plan (MAP) will be granted to Georgia at Warsaw summit, stated by the special representative of NATO Secretary-General in Caucasus and Central Asia, James Appathurai during the interview with Georgian Public Broadcaster. He underlined that membership of NATO is a political decision and it does not depend on only Georgia’s army and […]

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