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NATO military chiefs to discuss Afghanistan, future partnerships.

| BRUSSELS, Jan 16 (KUNA) -- The Military Committee, NATO's highest military authority, will meet from 22-23 January at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels for its first Chief of Defence session in 2014.

General Knud Bartels, Chairman of the Military Committee, will chair a series of meetings with NATO Allies and Partners concerning current NATO Operations, ongoing Transformation activities and strengthening future Partnerships, said NATO in a press release Thursday.

The meeting will begin on Wednesday 22 January with sessions with partners from the Mediterranean Dialogue and the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council on how to further develop practical cooperation.

Among the key speakers will be General Mashal Al Zaben, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Jordanian Armed Forces, who will offer his views on the current security situation and challenges in the Mediterranean region.

Army General Valery Gerasimov, Russian military chief, will attend the NATO Russia Council with Military Representatives to share his his views on military-to-military cooperation. NATO and Partners' Chiefs of Defence will review the current operation in Afghanistan and discuss plans for the future mission after the withdrawal of NATO forces end of the year. They will also make a political and operational overview on the security situation in Kosovo, which will form a basis for discussion on NATO's future presence in Kosovo. The meeting on Thursday 23 January will focus on NATO Transformation and in particular on activities that support the delivery of ready, relevant and effective NATO military capabilities. The aim throughout the two days will be to analyse the key military deliverables for the forthcoming series of NATO ministerial meetings and the subsequent NATO Summit to be held in Wales, UK, in September, added the press release. (end) nk.tg KUNA 161731 Jan 14NNNN

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