20 Oct 2014

Key to be briefed on IS meeting

7:49 am on 20 October 2014

The Prime Minister, John Key, expects a briefing soon from the Chief of Defence Force on last week's multinational meeting in Washington.

Prime Minister John Key

Prime Minister John Key Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

Defence chief Tim Keating attended the meeting of 22 countries called to discuss the fight against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Mr Key said he expected Lieutenant-General Keating would bring back information that will help the Government decide to what extent it wants to be involved.

"I think he has more information as a result of the meeting, so I think he's got a greater sense of what other countries might be doing or committing too.

"But in the end, that helps inform the overall decision of if we become involved."

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