America calls for NATO to engage in war in Iraq and Syria

Friday 31 March 2017 All times are GMT

BAGHDAD ( Reuters) - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday called on NATO nations to boost their defense budgets and do more to fight militants in Syria and Iraq .

"We want to discuss how to build on the important participation of the alliance in fighting and defeating a nascent organization and other anti-terrorist measures that NATO can do, with the aim of stabilizing the Middle East, " Tillerson said in remarks to reporters quoted by ABC .

The network said that Tillerson assured his NATO counterparts during his first meeting with them at a meeting of foreign ministers of NATO countries today, the importance of ensuring that the US military alliance on the resources needed, whether financial or other, which is necessary for NATO to carry out its mission .

For his part, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said lessons learned from Afghanistan, Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina confirm that in the long run, fighting terrorism and stabilizing by training local forces and building local security institutions is better than NATO sending a large number of combat troops .

For his part, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Errolt stressed that a political solution alone can achieve peace in Syria and cut extremism from its roots. He told reporters: "If we want to win terrorism in Syria, we need not only defeat, but we must also fight its causes. "Ereault urged the international community to focus on reconstruction, reconciliation and the return of refugees through the political process as defined by the United Nations . Finished 2