Afghan security tops NATO talks in Brussels
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan’ sensitive security affairs is set to hog top-level NATO officials talks later this week, where allies are “likely to review” the country’s situation and chart the next course of plans.
“(It) is a chance to review the situation in the country and lay out the next steps towards the Chicago Summit,” Dominic Medley, NATO Senior Civilian Representative Spokesperson in Afghanistan told exclusively to Pajhwok Afghan News.
Some 28 NATO foreign and defence ministers are slated to meet in the organisation’s powerful headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on Wednesday and Thursday.
Afghanistan's foreign and defence ministers are also expected to travel to Brussels to partake in the meetings.
The crucial meeting is certainly a prelude to another major Chicago Summit in May, where the US-led alliance plans to roll out a blue print, through the transition period and beyond 2014, after the planned exit of all foreign troops from Afghan soil.
Two vital contentious documents had been sealed just ahead of these meetings -- the transfer of US-controlled prisons to Afghanistan’s jurisdiction and the sensitive night raids conducted by NATO troops.
Now, under the new pact, Afghanistan military would carry out such raids in suspected Afghanis homes to nab militants -- both landmark success for President Hamid Karzai-led government.
“Also of importance for ministers to note is the progress so far in transition and the continuing development of the Afghan National Security Forces as they take lead responsibility for more and more of the country,” said Medley.
The first session starts off with NATO defence ministers meeting, where they will evaluate the organiation’s capabilities in coming years.
While, at the second session, NATO foreign and defence ministers will primarily deliberate on Afghanistan -- especially NATO’s ties with the country after the transition ends.
On day two NATO will be joined by partners in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to discuss the mission in Afghanistan, especially the next stages of transition.
Transition has begun and the next challenge is to ensure it stays on track, as Afghan forces take lead responsibility for the country’s own security, said Medley.
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