February 11, 2016 / 10:38 AM / 2 years ago

NATO agrees to Aegean refugee mission, says German defense minister

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO has agreed to start a mission in the Aegean Sea to help slow refugee flows and to stop people smugglers, German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Thursday.

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen (L) talks with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during a NATO defense ministers meeting at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium February 10, 2016. REUTERS/Yves Herman

“It is important that we now act quickly,” von der Leyen told reporters in Brussels.

Reporting by Sabine Siebold; Writing by Madeline Chambers; Editing by Caroline Copley

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