Four Arab countries invited to NATO summit
BRUSSELS, May 11 (KUNA) — Four Arab countries; Qatar, UAE, Jordan and Morocco, which participated actively in NATO’s mission in Libya, have been invited to the NATO summit in Chicago next week, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told a press conference here Friday.
The 20-21 May Summit will be the biggest meeting NATO has ever organised, with around 60 countries and organisations represented, the Secretary General said, adding that preparations for the meeting were on track.
He, however, noted that countries like China, India, Pakistan and Israel have not be invited to the summit.
Afghanistan, future capabilities and strengthening partnerships are three topics that will top the agenda of the 2-day meeting.
On Afghanistan, the Summit is expected to set the course for the Alliance’s future engagement there.
“We will complete our ISAF mission by the end of 2014, but we will remain committed to a long-term partnership with the Afghan people,” Rasmussen said.
He said that at Chicago, Allies will strengthen their network of partnerships around the world.
NATO will hold an expanded ISAF meeting, including 22 non-NATO partners and a separate meeting with a group of 13 partner nations to recognise their important contributions to current and recent NATO missions in Afghanistan, Kosovo and Libya.
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