Gerry Brownlee off to Brussels for IS talks

  • 09/02/2016
Gerry Brownlee (Brigitte Masters)
Gerry Brownlee (Brigitte Masters)

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee is off to Europe for a meeting of his counterparts from countries involved in the fight against Islamic State.

Mr Brownlee will be attending the first counter-IS defence ministerial meeting in Brussels on Thursday.

All countries contributing to the US-led coalition will be represented at the meeting.

"I am looking forward to talking with fellow defence ministers about our shared approach to defeating this barbaric organisation, ensuring the safety of New Zealanders at home and abroad," Mr Brownlee said.

Ministers will be discussing a range of regional and international security issues, in particular their respective responses to the fight against IS, and how the campaign will evolve over the next 12 months.

Chief of the Defence Force Lieutenant General Tim Keating will also be at the meeting.