NATO summit kicks off in ChicagoMay 21st, 2012 - 3:35 am ICT by IANS
Chicago, May 21 (IANS) Heads of state and government of 28 member countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Sunday kicked off their 25th summit in Chicago.
In his opening remarks at the summit, US President Barack Obama said the alliance has been the “bedrock” of member countries’ common security and freedom.
Obama noted NATO has adopted a new strategy in its last summit in Lisbon in 2010, saying “in Lisbon, we committed, in Chicago we are delivering”.
The alliance’s future commitment to Afghanistan and security top the agenda, Xinhua reported.
Obama said the allies will invest in new capabilities and pool resources to face new security challenges, as well as charting next phase of transition in Afghanistan.
The allies will also meet with neighbours and partners to enhance NATO’s network of global security partnership.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, for his part, said the summit will renew commitment of the “vital bond” between North America and Europe in the 21st century.
Rasmussen said the allies will discuss transfer of security responsibility to Afghanistan by the end of 2014, as well as support for the country beyond 2014.
He said allies will also make sure NATO is capable of confronting new challenges with a renewed culture of cooperation.
The two-day summit will first address the alliance’s security capabilities in an era of austerity, and will devote Monday to the transition in Afghanistan.
Among the summit’s likely achievement is a commitment to a milestone in 2013 that NATO forces in Afghanistan will take on support role as Afghan forces take over the lead in combat missions.
The alliance will also announce the purchase of a fleet of surveillance drones, sharing weapons and training facilities, and sustaining nuclear deterrence in Europe, according to US officials.
Components of the European missile-defence system will also be transferred from US to NATO command.
- NATO on course for planned Afghan withdrawal: Merkel - May 05, 2012
- 'NATO combat operations in Afghanistan to last till 2014' - Feb 03, 2012
- NATO for phased transfer of security responsibility to Afghans by 2014 - Nov 21, 2010
- NATO endorses Obama's exit plan from Afghanistan - May 22, 2012
- NATO adopts 10-yr 'strategic concept' road map to tackle cyber security, failed states - Nov 20, 2010
- 'Russia has no business in NATO missile defence' - May 23, 2012
- Spain to host elements of NATO anti-missile shield - Oct 06, 2011
- NATO welcomes Pakistan reopening supply lines - Jul 04, 2012
- NATO to continue military pressure on Haqqani network - Nov 03, 2011
- Zardari-NATO chief meet postponed due to plane delay - May 20, 2012
- NATO, Russia planning for Lisbon summit - Sep 22, 2010
- NATO approves missile defence system for member states at Lisbon summit - Nov 20, 2010
- Pakistan backs NATO's 2014 Afghanistan handover deadline - Nov 22, 2010
- NATO plans new Afghan mission after 2014 - Jun 04, 2012
- NATO to begin 'new phase of campaign' in Afghanistan after 2014 transition: Official - Jan 26, 2011
Tags: anders fogh rasmussen, atlantic treaty organization, austerity, barack obama, chicago chicago, combat missions, common security, heads of state and government, missile defence system, nato command, nato forces in afghanistan, nato secretary general, nato summit, north atlantic treaty organization, nuclear deterrence, pool resources, security capabilities, security partnership, security responsibility, surveillance drones