North Atlantic Treaty Organisation 'strongly' committed to Georgia's security

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"Our NATO allies stand firm in our support of Ukraine's sovereignty and their territorial integrity", said Tillerson, according to VOA.

"From the Western Balkans to Afghanistan, NATO has great experience in training local forces and building the capacity of local institutions", NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at the end of a two-day meeting of the Alliance's Foreign Ministers in Brussels. "So we will begin with a meeting on NATO-EU relations and European defense".

The official said his final stop will be in Paris "where we have a very special and deep cooperation with the French on a global agenda that encompasses issues on Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, North Korea and Sahel".

The conflict between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists has claimed more than 10,000 lives since it erupted in 2014.

Security issues affecting the European Union include cybercrime and hybrid threats. The official said while in Brussels, Tillerson will also meet with EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, have lunch with the 28 EU foreign ministers and meet with Belgian officials to discuss defense cooperation, Afghan strategy and the defeat of the so-called Islamic State.

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Stoltenberg said the missile test showed North Korea's reckless behaviour, and added that the world must put maximum diplomatic, political and economic pressure on North Korea in order to achieve a peaceful solution. "And we must apply maximum worldwide pressure in order to achieve a peaceful solution".

Meanwhile, Tillerson hailed what he called "a productive discussion" with Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze. More than 95 percent of the territory once held by ISIS in Iraq and Syria has been liberated. "As the coalition moves from combat operations to stabilization, we will consider how NATO's contribution should evolve".

Trump, whose former aides are being investigated after accusations that Putin influenced the election that brought him to the White House, has repeatedly emphasized that it would be better if Russian Federation and the United States could work together.

"Our armed forces are increasingly capable of operating together, and planning is already under way for the 2019 NATO-Georgia joint military exercise", the secretary-general said.

Georgia - a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partner but not a full member - staged a major joint military exercise with the United States in July in a show of defiance to Moscow, which has thousands of troops posted in two disputed Georgian regions.

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