John Key. Photo Getty
New Zealand is not likely to be part of a military
intervention in Iraq, according to Prime Minister John Key.
Mr Key told Radio New Zealand this morning it was "highly
unlikely" that President Barack Obama would request New
Zealand assistance to respond to the conflict in Iraq.
Mr Key is spending the week in the United States and will
meet Mr Obama.
He said military intervention in Iraq was a last resort for
"Everybody from the United States downwards believes that's
the least preferred option."
He said he would listen to requests for a multilateral
response, in the form of NATO intervention or something
similar, but said "that's not a place New Zealand wants to
Militants from the jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and
the Levant have seized large areas of Iraq in the last week,
in a dramatic escalation of violence.