The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is joining the US-led international coalition fighting Iraq and Syria-based ISIS, the institution’s secretary general Jens Stoltenberg has confirmed, The Independent reported Friday.
“This will send a strong message of unity and NATO’s commitment to the fight against terrorism,” Stoltenberg said in Brussels on Thursday, ahead of a NATO summit attended by US President Donald Trump.
Mr Trump is seeking to push the US’ NATO allies to take on a more active role against terrorism.
On landing in the city on Wednesday he told reporters that the deadly suicide bombing of Manchester Arena earlier this week underlined how sorely greater cooperation is needed in combating terrorism.
While all 28 nations in NATO have individually joined the coalition - some sending war planes to assist in US-led Coalition's bombing of the ISIS’ positions in Syria and Iraq - the alliance has not formally followed suit.
Mr Stoltenberg was keen to stress Nato’s role would not involve combat, instead expanding its use of surveillance planes, stepping up Iraqi training programs, and creating a new cell in Brussels to co-ordinate anti-terror intelligence and planning.
All 28 nations are also expected to reaffirm a commitment to spending two per cent of annual GDP on defense .