ANTALYA, Turkey - Preoccupied for more than a year by the Ukraine crisis, NATO foreign ministers meeting in Turkey this week will focus on instability on the alliance's southern flank, ranging from Islamic State in Iraq and Syria to turmoil in Libya.
By meeting in Turkey, which shares a 1,200 km (750-mile) border with Iraq and Syria, NATO hopes to show it is responsive to the concerns of its southern members, as well as reinforcing eastern European allies worried by Russia's actions in Ukraine.
"You've got, to the east, to the southeast and to the south, pretty fundamental security challenges for NATO," US Ambassador to NATO Douglas Lute told reporters ahead of Wednesday and Thursday's meetings in Antalya.
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