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Foreign Ministers review efforts to project stability beyond NATO’s borders
06 Dec. 2016

Foreign Ministers review efforts to project stability beyond NATO’s borders

NATO Foreign Ministers reviewed progress in the Alliance’s efforts to project stability beyond its borders on Tuesday (6 December 2016). They discussed NATO support to the Counter-ISIL Coalition, the training of Iraqi officers, and maritime operations in the Mediterranean. Ministers also discussed the situation in the Western Balkans and the Alliance’s commitment to its partners in the region.

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