Friday, February 22, 2013

Afghanistan, Ukraine and military capabilities menu NATO summit

The improvement of military capabilities of NATO, ISAF, the International Security Assistance Force and security in Afghanistan and relations with Ukraine are on the menu two days of discussions qu'auront ministers Defence of NATO in Brussels on 21 and 22 February.

The ministerial meeting, it was learned on Wednesday at the presentation of the spokesman of NATO, Oana Lungescu, begins with a working lunch where defense ministers of the 28 NATO countries will discuss the Initiative Connected Forces, which was launched at the Chicago Summit in May 2012. The initiative aims to maintain and enhance the skills of cooperation and interoperability that have developed between the Allied forces during a decade of joint operations and through an enhanced program of joint exercises.

Subsequently, the ministers will discuss military capabilities and defense planning process in NATO.Discussions will provide an opportunity to review progress on plans adopted last year at the NATO Summit in Chicago to improve the defense capabilities of allies and discuss next steps.

These talks will be followed by an informal dinner on defense issues.

Friday February 22, the ministers will begin work by a session of the NATO-Ukraine Commission, which will focus on how the NATO-Ukraine cooperation can improve their defense. The meeting will be the first opportunity for the ministers of NATO countries to meet their new new Ukrainian counterpart, Pavlo Lebedev.

Finally, representatives of 22 non-NATO ISAF partners but will join the defense ministers of NATO, the Afghan Defence Minister and representatives of the European Union and United Nations to discuss the mission in Afghanistan and the ongoing transfer of security responsibility to the Afghans. The meeting will include a presentation of the new ISAF commander, U.S. General Joseph Dunford, who took office on February 10.

For its part, the U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, arrived in Brussels on 20 February 2013. U.S. Secretary provides course discuss adjustments troops in Afghanistan.

We know that President Obama announced in his February 12 speech on the State of the Union that the withdrawal of U.S. combat forces is accelerating and it would repatriate 34,000 66,000 American soldiers in 2013. The'' America will not soon become a Supporting Role in Afghanistan.

Canadian Minister of Defence to attend course NATO summit and give a press conference on the last day of the summit, Friday, February 22, Brussels.

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