NATO to meet over Iran crisis amid ‘menacing escalation’

File photo of the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

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NATO ambassadors will meet in Brussels on Monday amid ongoing Middle East tensions, three days after the US killing of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani.

“The North Atlantic Council will address the situation in the region,” a NATO official said. “The secretary general decided to convene the meeting of NATO ambassadors following consultation with allies.”

Germany, France and the UK called for a de-escalation of tensions in the Middle East as Iranian officials threatened US troops from the country and the Iraqi parliament voted to remove US troops from Iraq.

On Saturday, a NATO spokesman said the mission, which involves several hundred allied personnel, was continuing “but training activities are currently suspended.”

He also confirmed that NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg had spoken by telephone with US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper.

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