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Wales Summit to shape future NATO: Rasmussen

English.news.cn   2014-09-04 19:15:27

NEWPORT, Britain, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Thursday that the NATO Wales Summit 2014 will shape future NATO.

"A crucial Summit at a crucial time," he said on his arrival of the 26th NATO Summit, saying NATO is faced with a dramatically changed security environment.

He pointed out that, to the East, Russia is attacking Ukraine, to the Southeast people see the rise of terrorist organization, the so-called Islamic State, that has committed horrific atrocities, to the South people see violence, insecurity and instability.

"Here at the Summit we will take important steps to counter these threats and to strengthen the defence of our allies," he said.

"We will adopt a Readiness Action Plan which aims at improving our ability to act swiftly to defend our allies if needed. On defence investment, we will turn the corner and reverse the trend of declining defence budgets. We will discuss what individual allies and what NATO can do to counter the threat from the terrorist organization, the so-called Islamic state," he added.

He also urged to enhance cooperation with Ukraine and other partners of NATO, as well as open a new chapter in the relationship with Afghanistan after they complete the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission by the end of this year.

The ISAF mission, established by the United Nations Security Council in 2001, is a security mission in Afghanistan led by NATO.

"It is why today and tomorrow, we will forge a stronger NATO for a more complex and chaotic world," he stressed.

U.S. President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are among those over 60 world leaders attending the NATO Summit and have arrived at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport.

Leaders from Britain, the United States, Germany, France and Italy met and hold a meeting with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko during the Summit.

The summit will focus on five priorities, including crisis in Ukraine and the relationship between NATO and Russia, Afghanistan's future, tackling new threats, strengthening support for the Armed Forces and strengthening partnerships.

Editor: Shen Qing
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