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Feb 12, 2019
NATO ministers to review situation in Afghanistan
ByJaved Hamim Kakar On Feb 11, 2019 - 14:53
KABUL (Pajhwok): A NATO ministerial meeting will review the current situation in Afghanistan, the development and sustainment of security forces and efforts to move forward an Afghan-led and reconciliation process.
A Brussels-based official of the alliance said that Ã˜Å’ the meeting, scheduled for February 13 and 14, will be held in the allied format with all the 29 member states, plus Skopje, as an invitee.
The first session will focus on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. The allies will exchange views and provide guidance on implications of Russia’s breach of the INF Treaty, the official added.
All allies agree that Russia’s violation of the treaty erodes the foundation of arms control and undermines allied security. They would discuss efforts to strengthen the alliance’s defence and deterrence.
The focus will be on NATO’s readiness initiative, which requires allies to have 30 land battalions, 30 air squadrons and 30 combat vessels ready for use within 30 days.
SACEUR and SACT will provide updates on these subjects, including work to adapt the NATO command structure. In the evening, the ministers will discuss burden sharing.
Allies submit annual national plans on defence spending which will be reviewed by Ministers. In Davos, the Secretary General announced that based on the national plans coming in from Allies, European Allies and Canada will add $100 billion by the end of next year.
On February 15, ministers will review NATO operations in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Iraq and at sea. They will end with a session with the European Union and Finland and Sweden for talks on European defence initiatives and NATO-EU cooperation.
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