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Petr Pavel: NATO Military Committee Gathers to Discuss Security, Stability Efforts in Europe

Gen. Petr Pavel

Chiefs from the NATO Military Committee have discussed efforts to address security and stability challenges in the southern part of Europe during a meeting in Brussels, Belgium, DoD News reported Wednesday.

Czech Army General Petr Pavel, chairman of the NATO military committee, said the chiefs and representatives from partner nations conversed about the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan, operations against the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria as well as the situations in Georgia and Ukraine.

“We discussed the strategic, operational and political context in and around Afghanistan, as well as our main effort to train, assist and advise the Afghan security forces and institutions,” said Pavel.

“We deliberated how NATO could adapt our current activity within our training and capacity-building initiative in Iraq, upon request by the Iraqi authorities and taking into consideration the importance of local ownership and buy-in.”

U.S. Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, NATO supreme allied commander for Europe, noted alliance members have responded to the situation in Georgia and Ukraine and performed activities such as the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force and Baltic Air Policing enhanced air policing and ongoing maritime operations.

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