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NATO meeting to discuss path forward in Afghanistan

NATO meeting to discuss path forward in Afghanistan

Jun 24, 2017 - 17:48

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): NATOinfo-icon defense ministers are meeting in Brussels, the Belgium capital, this week to discuss besides other issues the path forward in Afghanistaninfo-icon, including future troop levels.

At the June 29 meeting, the ministers are expected to exchange views on the current state of play with regard to defense expenditures, specifically with respect to the implementation of the defense investment pledge undertaken at the NATO Summit in Wales in 2014.

They will take stock of the continued increase in defense investment across Europe and Canada and also to agree on targets for further development of specific military capabilities A NATO official told Pajhwok Afghan News.

They will then note a progress report on cooperation between NATO and EU, at a working lunch to be also attended by European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, as well as by Finland and Sweden, official added.

The ministers are also expected to discuss most relevant decisions taken at the NATO leaders' special meeting held in Brussels this past May 25 on the alliance enhanced role in the fight against terrorism.

The meeting on Afghanistan will be attended by defense ministers of all of the 29 NATO members, as well as by all of the NATO's operational partners contributing to the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan.

Afghan Acting Defence Minister General Bahrami, NATO Senior Civilian Representative for Afghanistan Ambassador Cornelius Zimmermann, and the Commander of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission General John Nicholson will the attend the meeting on Afghanistan.

Representatives from the United Nations and the European Union have also been invited to attend.


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