NATO’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday that Turkey is “key to keeping Europe safe.”

“From Norway in the north, to Turkey in the south, and the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. in the west. All are key to keeping Europe safe,” Stoltenberg said at the Koerber Foundation when he gave a speech at the Korber Global Leaders Dialogue event in Berlin.

Highlighting Turkey’s important role in protecting Europe, Stoltenberg’s remarks followed earlier statements by the head of the western military alliance in which he reiterated Ankara’s position as “an important NATO ally.”

“One must acknowledge that Turkey is

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