Stoltenberg: Turkey remains important NATO ally

 Stoltenberg: Turkey remains important NATO ally

The purge of thousands in the Turkish military in the aftermath of an attempted coup has not weakened the country's military, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said.

"Turkey has a large armed force, professional armed forces and ... I am certain they will continue as a committed and strong NATO ally," Reuters cited Stoltenberg as saying.

Stoltenberg said he expected Turkey's reaction to the coup attempt to be proportionate and in line with the values of NATO, adding that there were no talks to reconsider Turkey's membership in the military alliance.

"It is important for all of us that Turkey continue to be a strong NATO ally because Turkey is on the border of all the instability, all the violence we have seen in Iraq and Syria," Stoltenberg said.

Stoltenberg said there was a greater need to share intelligence in general within NATO and specifically in respect to the fight against Daesh.