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Turkey, France: improving bilateral ties

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During a joint press conference on Friday after a number of bilateral agreements were signed, the Turkish and French presidents stressed the importance of counterterrorism cooperation.
President Erdogan assured that Turkey will continue to cooperate in Syria against Daesh and its open-door policy for refugees, but European partners should support Ankara’s efforts through financial support for humanitarian efforts. Erdogan also criticized USA because of his support for YPG and PKK, considered terrorist organization.
On Turkey’s relations with the EU, Macron said that the ties between Ankara and Paris are based on “dialogue and a common approach” but there will be no new chapters on EU negotiations opened. He said it is crucial for Turkey to remain and be part of the European Convention on Human Rights, European Court of Human Rights and the Council of Europe.
Erdoğan responded that Turkey has been waiting for 54 years and there is no country like Turkey in the EU, but The EU is not able to provide with any reason for this wait

El Kef: large security mobilisation in search of terrorists who have infiltrated the city

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A security reinforcement has been deployed for two days in the city of El Kef including some neighborhoods in hunt for terrorists who would have come down from the mountains to take refuge in some houses in the city, said a security source.According to the same source, information reached the security authorities around some terrorist elements who have infiltrated the city to hide among civilians.Security and military patrols conduct search operations in many neighborhoods likely to shelter these terrorists who were holed up in the mountains, said the same source.

Ballistic missile has been shot down by Saudi coalition

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Saudi Arabia says it has intercepted a ballistic missile fired towards the country by Yemen’s Houthi rebels. The missile has been intercepted over Najaran, a south saudi region at the border with Yemen, before it could have hit its intended target. The missile, a Qaher-2M missile of Soviet origin is the last of a series of missile launched by the rebels while the air attacks lanched by the coalition led by Saudi Arabia has already fired more than 15,000 missiles against Houthi. Saudi Arabia continue to claime claime the involvement of Iran in helping arm the Houthis.

Generals Discuss Iran-Turkey Cooperation against Secession Bids

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Top generals from Iran and Turkey in a meeting in Tehran explored avenues for military cooperation in the war against terrorism and for thwarting the plots seeking disintegration of the regional countries, such as the Iraqi Kurdistan Region’s secession bid. In a Tuesday meeting in Tehran, Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami and the General Staff of Turkey Hulusi Akar discussed a range of issues, with the focus on protection of the territorial integrity of the countries in the region. Highlighting Iran’s support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all regional nations, General Hatami said mutual cooperation among Tehran, Ankara and Baghdad would contribute to regional stability and security and counter the separatist moves. Following the defeat of Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group, the US and Israel have come up with a new plot against the region, the Iranian minister warned, saying they are seeking the partition of the regional countries.

 

Albania: the minister of defense Oltha xhacka has announced that American radar will monitor the albanian airspace

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An American radar will monitor with Albanian airspace. The information was made pùblic by the Defense Minister, Olta Xhacka on Tùesday dùring a press conference with his Polish coùnterpart, Antoni Macierewic. From the other side, minister Xhacka ùnderlined the fact that Albanian government increased the bùdget for the defense.

 

Inauguration lecture by General Farina for the 18th NATO Regional Cooperation Course (NRCC) at the NATO Defense College

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Today the NATO Defense College in Rome had the pleasure to welcome the Eighteenth NATO Regional Cooperation Course (NRCC 18).

Lieutenant General Chris Whitecross (CAN F), NDC Commandant, warmly welcomed guest speaker General Salvatore Farina (ITA A), Commander of NATO’s Joint Force Command (JFC) Brunssum.
The ceremony, held in the Maynard-Thorn Auditorium of the College, was introduced by the Commandant, who presented the Course by explaining that “since its establishment in 2009, the NRCC has become recognized by NATO’s leaders as a cornerstone of NATO’s engagement with Partner countries.”

One of the main educational programmes offered by the College, the NRCC this time 46 totals attendees from 20 countries, including NATO Member States together with partners from the Partnership for Peace (PfP), the Mediterranean Dialogue (MD), the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) and other Global Partners.
The aims of the Course are to improve the understanding of international, regional and collective security issues regarding the Middle Eastern region; to enhance knowledge of the historical and socio-political situation in the region; to develop Course Members’ abilities in strategic thinking and critical analysis; and to work towards mutual understanding on key political and military issues affecting the Middle East and NATO. Reinforcing these purposes, the Commandant stated: “There is no question that the security and stability of NATO and its member nations matters to the rest of the world. Equally, there is no question that the stability and security of the wider Middle East region is crucial.”

Based on a combination of different teaching methods, the Course includes panels, debates, discussions, committee work and case studies.

The Commandant then gave the floor to Gen. Farina.
In his speech, Gen. Farina illustrated the adaptation process of the Alliance, pursued in order to face new challenges, offering his own perspective as Joint Operations Commander. In particular, while defining the focus of NATO’s three core tasks, Collective Defence, Crisis Management and Cooperative Security, Gen. Farina provided a wide-ranging overview of how prevention, deterrence and dialogue will always be part of any adaptation measure undertaken by the Alliance. Equally important, the General added, is NATO’s role in cooperative security and in the fight against terrorism. Hence the need for credible, ready and well trained forces, as well as non-provocative and clear messages and initiatives.

Finally, answering specific questions, Gen. Farina praised the decision to establish the NATO Hub for the South, part of the “twin” Command at Naples, thus welcoming the initiative shown by countries along NATO’s southern border and complementing the success of the “more together” approach in pursuing this initiative.

 

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