On 19 April, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen presented the programme for the Informal Meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers, which will take place in Tallinn, Estonia, on 22 and 23 April.
He highlighted as priorities the NATO-led operation in Afghanistan, discussions on the Alliance’s new Strategic Concept, nuclear issues, missile defence, as well as NATO’s reform and enlargement.
A clear framework for transition to Afghan lead
On Afghanistan, the Secretary General reminded that the aim of the 46 nations contributing to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) is to move forward on transition to Afghan lead – a process that will take place when clear political and military conditions are in place, with the Afghans playing a key role.
“In Tallinn, we will take the next step, by agreeing on the principles and decision-making framework for transition,” he said.
The Secretary General also announced that the ISAF operation is still missing about 450 army and police trainers, and said he would encourage Foreign Ministers to see what they can do to free up these resources.
The discussion on Afghanistan will involve the Foreign Ministers of the 46 ISAF contributing nations, the Afghan Foreign Minister as well as representatives from the European Union and the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).