2-day NATO foreign ministerial meeting kicks-off in Turkey
ANTALYA (Pajhwok): The two-day NATO foreign ministerial meeting kicked-off in Turkey on Wednesday to discuss a range of issues, including progress of Afghan security forces and discuss what might come up after the Resolute Support Mission, a statement from the alliance said.
Over the next two days, Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO Secretary General, in his opening remarks said foreign ministers of NATO would address the main challenges that NATO was facing, both to the East and to the South. “To the East, we face a more assertive Russia, responsible for aggressive actions in Ukraine,” he added.
“We are also going to address the partnership and cooperation with Afghanistan. We are going to discuss and address the long term partnership we foresee with Afghanistan after the end of the present mission, Resolute Support. And we have already decided that we will have a long term partnership. What we are going to do here is to move forward on the guidelines and the principles for the long term partnership with Afghanistan, he remarked.
He said they would discuss different issues related to Afghanistan and meet with Foreign Minister of Afghanistan, Salahuddin Rabbani.
Rabbani would update them together with the NATO commander in Afghanistan, on the security situation in Afghanistan.
“Then, we will also discuss and also make some decisions related to the guidelines, the principles for our long-term partnership with Afghanistan, after the end of the Resolute Support mission. So we have decided that when we end our Resolute Support mission, our current mission, we will move into a more long term partnership which will then continue to support Afghans, to help them make sure that Afghanistan can be a stable, united country,” he added.
He said that and to the South, “we see turmoil, violence spreading across the Middle East and North Africa. And we are going to discuss how NATO is addressing these challenges and the changing security environment.”
He said that that US Secretary Kerry briefed them on his talks with President Putin and Foreign Minister Lavrov yesterday. He also briefed them on both Ukraine, the Iran nuclear talks, the situation in Libya, Syria.
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