EU, NATO to step up security coop

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NATO and the European Union (EU) Friday decided to step up their security cooperation and also to increase their presence in Iraq.

“We just finished a productive meeting on NATO-EU cooperation. We were joined by High Representative Federica Mogherini and by our colleagues from Finland and Sweden,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told a press conference after the meeting.

He said that the EU and NATO have been working together on 74 concrete areas of cooperation. Including hybrid and cyber, maritime operations, fighting terrorism and peace and security.

“We also discussed what more we can do to complement each other’s efforts in the south. For example, both NATO and the EU are increasing our presence in Iraq,” he said.

“The EU is rightly focusing on the civilian security sector. While NATO’s focus is on capability building of the Iraqi defence and security structures,” he said.

In the Aegean, NATO and the EU are cooperating to counter people smuggling. We discussed how NATO and the European Union could cooperate even more closely going forward, said the NATO chief.

In July, Stoltenberg said he plans to sign a new joint declaration with EU Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to set out a shared vision for how “we will continue to address our most pressing security challenges”.

KUNA