WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Work explained that NATO is interested in solving the Syrian conflict because of the large number of the displaced people fleeing the areas and going through Libya to Europe.
"As far as Syria, it's not for the United States to solve this problem; this is a problem for all nations," Work said following a meeting with Nordic defense ministers in Norway. "It's in all of our interest to try to bring a diplomatic end to that senseless war."
Syria has been engulfed in a civil war for more than four years. Apart from battling against so-called moderate opposition, Damascus has had to counter the advance of various militant groups, including the notorious ISIL and the Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria.
According to UN estimates, more than four million Syrians have fled the country. Some half a million people have reached EU borders in the hope resettling in the bloc’s member states, creating a rapidly escalating humanitarian crisis, according to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.