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2-day NATO foreign ministers’ meeting begins

2-day NATO foreign ministers’ meeting begins

May 19, 2016 - 17:24

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A two-day NATOinfo-icon foreign ministerial meeting kicked off in Brussels, the capital of Belgium, on Thursday to discuss a range of security situations outside Europe, including those in Afghanistaninfo-icon, Iraq, Syria and Turkey.

The meeting is also expected to discuss measures against Russia in eastern Europe. Additionally, Montenegro will also be inducted into the military alliance as its newest member.

Foreign ministers from the 28 members of NATO are attending the summit, including Afghanistan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, who would brief the meeting participants on the current political and security situations in Afghanistan on the second day of the meeting on Friday.

The Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement said Rabbani traveled to Brussels on Wednesday directly from China. Rabbani would join his NATO counterparts in Brussels, his ministry said.

Earlier a NATO official told Pajhwok Afghan News the second day of the summit would especially discuss Afghanistan.

On Wednesday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told journalists that NATO would discuss further support for Iraq, having “received a request from [Iraqi] Prime Minister al-Abadi to expand training mission into Iraq. “We will consider this request.”

He said the alliance would also discuss its future plans for Afghanistan, including its Resolute Support mission and financial support for Afghan forces.

“Our ministerial meeting will begin exactly fifty days before we meet at our Summit in Warsaw,” he said. He said the decisions to be taken at the foreign ministerial meeting would help pave the way to the Warsaw summit.

He said the allies and partners would take necessary decisions to protect their citizens at home and to project stability beyond their borders at the Warsaw summit.

He said the foreign ministers would address several issues high on the agenda and which were important for their security.

He said on Thursday they would welcome Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic to sign the Accession Protocol.

Following that ceremony, he said, Montenegro would as of tomorrow participate in all NATO meetings as an observer, or “Invitee”.

On Friday, Stoltenberg said the meeting would focus on projecting stability in their wider neighbourhood.  “This means helping our partners strengthen their own forces, and secure their own countries.”



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