Stoltenberg reaffirmed Turkey’s importance for the NATO not only for its geostrategic significance but also for its role in the fight against the ISIS
“Turkey is a highly valued ally. Turkey contributes to NATO in many different ways. Turkey is important for the NATO not least for its geographical location. Bordering Iraq and Syria is key in the fight against DAESH, and bordering the Black Sea is also an advantage,” he said, using an Arabic acronym for the ISIL.
The secretary-general recalled that Turkey has pledged to meet a NATO guideline that requires its members to spend at least two percent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on defence.
“Turkey is increasing its defence spending and has started to move towards two percent. Turkey has announced they will reach the two percent target. So on burden sharing, Turkey is delivering and have announced that they will continue to increase.”