January 5, 2020 / 7:54 PM / 24 days ago

NATO to hold urgent meeting on Monday over Iraq-Iran crisis

FILE PHOTO: NATO flag flutters during the celebration of the 15th anniversary of Lithuania's membership in NATO in Vilnius, Lithuania March 30, 2019. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO ambassadors will gather on Monday in Brussels for an urgent meeting convened by the head of the military alliance to discuss the situation in the Middle East after a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad killed a top Iranian general, a NATO official said.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg organised the meeting after consultations with member of the alliance.

NATO ambassadors meet regularly, but Monday’s meeting was organised at short notice after the alliance decided on Saturday to suspend its training mission in Iraq over security risks following the killing of Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander Qassem Soleimani on Friday.

Reporting by Francesco Guarascio; Editing by Kevin Liffey; @fraguarascio

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