Permanent Delegation of the Czech Republic to NATO in Brussels

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NATO Foreign Ministerial 3-4 December 2013

During their two-day session, Foreign Ministers of the Alliance will discuss Afghanistan, partnerships with Russia and Georgia, and preparations for next year’s Summit of Allied leaders.

The Foreign Ministers started off their North Atlantic Council meeting with a discussion on the objectives and agenda for next year’s Summit in the United Kingdom. That Summit is expected to focus on Afghanistan, partnerships and improving military capabilities. Foreign Ministers continued their meeting with a discussion on ways to strengthen partnerships NATO has with countries around the world. Ministers issued a statement on the developments in Ukraine.

The next day meetings started with a session of the NATO-Russia Council (NRC) with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in attendance. The meeting was an opportunity for the 29 Foreign Ministers to exchange views on Syria, Afghanistan, missile defence and transparency. The NRC also reviewed practical cooperation and ways to further it in 2014. NRC issued a joint statement to support the work of OPCW in Syria.

The NRC was followed by a meeting of foreign ministers from NATO and partner countries which contribute to the ISAF mission. The acting Afghan Foreign Minister Zarar Ahmad Osmani and the Afghan Interior Minister Umar Daudzai also attended the meeting. The Afghan Interior Minister briefed the meeting on security preparations for next year’s presidential elections. The meeting discussed progress in the ISAF mission.

The two-day ministerial wraped up with a meeting of the NATO-Georgia Commission, where NATO Foreign Ministers sat down with their Georgian counterpart, Ms. Maia Panjikidze, to discuss the country’s reform plans and prospects for deeper cooperation in wake of the recent national elections.