"Today, we discussed the situation in the Middle East and North Africa, the conflict brings suffering, and a challenge for us, so NATO is going to be engaged in the region for years to come," Stoltenberg said on Wednesday at a press conference after defense ministers' meetings for the first day in Brussels. "Today, the allies reiterated their support for NATO's training operation in Iraq." He repeated.
"NATO is in Baghdad with the approval and invitation of the Iraqi government, and we will be there as long as the government allows us to do so," he said. "I am also in contact with the Iraqi government, and our goal is to increase the capacity of Iraqi forces to work alone."
NATO secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, noted "We will stay in Iraq as long as we are welcome there. Anything we do is based on what is consulted with the Iraqi government. We work closely to advise them."
"We support and assist Iraqi forces to become stronger and better to fight ISIS and ensure that they do not return [ISIS] and I am convinced that Iraqi forces are committed to that," Stoltenberg said. Our plan is not to stay in Baghdad forever, but to make sure that Iraqi forces can defend themselves. "