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NATO FMs discuss Covid-19 pandemic, security challenges

NATO FMs discuss Covid-19 pandemic, security challenges

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Apr 02, 2020 - 22:03

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): NATOinfo-icon ministerial meeting concluded on Thursday in which the allies discussed steps towards combating Covid-19 pandemic and vowed to remain focused on its core tasks despite challenging situation, a statement said.

“Our ability to conduct operations and assure deterrence and defence against all the threats we face is unimpaired and we have today taken further decisions to enhance NATO’s role in facing current and future security challenges,” the statement said.

“We, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of NATO, meet today in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic which is affecting all Allies and partners, imposing a huge cost in lives lost, as well as a sudden and severe shock to our economies.”

The alliance expressed deepest sympathies with all the victims of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and with all those affected by its consequences. 

NATO paid tribute to the healthinfo-icon care workers, as well as all the others who are on the front line in our battle against this disease. 

These include the men and womeninfo-icon in uniform who continue to work daily for our collective security. 

“NATO is doing its part.  Allies are supporting each other – including with medical professionals, hospital beds, vital medical equipment, and best practices and ideas on how to fight this deadly disease.”

 “We are airlifting critical medical supplies from across the globe, providing medical personnel, essential materials, and vital equipment from military and civilian sources, and harnessing our medical, scientific, and technological knowledge and resources to help deliver innovative responses.”

Allies are also working together to ensure public access to transparent, timely, and accurate information, which is critical to overcoming this pandemic and to combating disinformation. 

“Because we need a coordinated and comprehensive approach, NATO is working closely with other international organizations, including the United Nations, the Worldinfo-icon Health Organization, and the European Union.” 

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