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Nato seeks Afghan accord as it looks for new role

Published on Dec 3, 2013 10:22 AM

BRUSSELS (AFP) - Nato foreign ministers will press Afghanistan Tuesday to accept terms for a continued alliance role after withdrawal next year as they chart its future following its biggest military operation yet.

Officials said the focus of a two-day meeting at Nato headquarters in Brussels is to build on its active military role since the early 1990s, from the Balkans to Afghanistan and Libya, safeguarding gains in inter-operability and capability at a time when defence budgets are under strain.

The aim is to ensure Nato remains relevant and effective in a changing world where the challenges are as much military as political and economic, threatening to boil over into conflict and social upheaval.

The 28 allies, plus partners and sometimes adversaries such as Russia, will review immediate issues such as how to destroy Syria's chemical weapons arsenal, officials said.

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