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17 Feb. 2012

NATO Secretary General thanks Turkey for vital role in the Alliance

The NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, accompanied by the Chairman of the Military Committee General Knud Bartels, visited Ankara on 16 - 17 February 2012 and met with President Abdullah Gul and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoglu.

Marking the 60th anniversary of Turkey’s accession to the North Atlantic Alliance, the Secretary General stressed the country's vital role. “Turkey plays an important role in our operations and we are particularly grateful for your steadfast commitment to our ISAF operation. Turkey has an important voice in our decisions. And Turkey has a vital part to play in shaping our partnerships”, he said.

The Secretary General highlighted Turkey’s crucial leadership role as the Arab Spring unfolds.“Turkey does more than just share our security: you shape it. Your experience and your expertise in the Middle East and North Africa are invaluable. They benefit the whole of NATO”, the Secretary General said. Mr Rasmussen discussed with his counterparts preparations for the NATO summit that will be held in May in Chicago. “We will have to set out how we will help the Afghan forces take responsibility for security in their own country – and how we will support them once they have done so”, he said. The Secretary General stated that he expected NATO's missile defence system, in which Turkey has agreed to host a key facility, to achieve interim capability at Chicago. He added that NATO "will have to enhance our partnerships around the world. And we will have to find a smarter way of doing business in these tough economic times – spending better, when our spending is restricted”.

The Secretary General also participated in a joint meeting of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committees in the Turkish Grand National Assembly. “NATO is a family of like-minded countries, a family where we make each other stronger, and Turkey is a valued member of the family”, he said.

The Secretary General also took part in a conference entitled "60 Years Together For Peace and Security" organised by the Atlantic Council of Turkey.

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NATO Secretary General visits Turkey on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the accession of Turkey to NATO 17. Feb. 2012 Remarks by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen 
NATO Secretary General visits Turkey on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the accession of Turkey to NATO 17. Feb. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (right) meets with the Turkish President Abdullah Gül (left). 
NATO Secretary General visits Turkey on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the accession of Turkey to NATO 17. Feb. 2012 Bilateral meeting between NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and the Turkish President Abdullah Gül. 
NATO Secretary General visits Turkey on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the accession of Turkey to NATO 17. Feb. 2012 Joint press point. Left to right: NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Ahmet Davutoglu. 
NATO Secretary General visits Turkey on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the accession of Turkey to NATO 17. Feb. 2012 Left to right: the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Ahmet Davutoglu and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. 
NATO Secretary General visits Turkey on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the accession of Turkey to NATO 17. Feb. 2012 Left to right: the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Ahmet Davutoglu and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. 
NATO Secretary General visits Turkey on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the accession of Turkey to NATO 17. Feb. 2012 Bilateral meeting. Left to right: NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Ahmet Davutoglu. 
NATO Secretary General visits Turkey on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the accession of Turkey to NATO 17. Feb. 2012 Bilateral meeting. Left to right: NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Ahmet Davutoglu and the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, General Knud Bartels. 
NATO Secretary General visits Turkey on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the accession of Turkey to NATO 17. Feb. 2012 Bilateral meeting. Left to right: NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Ahmet Davutoglu and the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, General Knud Bartels. 
NATO Secretary General visits Turkey on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the accession of Turkey to NATO 17. Feb. 2012 Bilateral meeting. Left to right: NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Ahmet Davutoglu. 
NATO Secretary General visits Turkey on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the accession of Turkey to NATO 17. Feb. 2012 Joint Meeting of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committees of the Turkish Grand Assembly. Left to right: Chairman Volkan Bozkir and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. 
NATO Secretary General visits Turkey on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the accession of Turkey to NATO 17. Feb. 2012 Joint Meeting of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committees of the Turkish Grand Assembly. 
NATO Secretary General visits Turkey on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the accession of Turkey to NATO 17. Feb. 2012 Joint Meeting of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committees of the Turkish Grand Assembly. Left to right: NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Chairman Volkan Bozkir. 
NATO Secretary General visits Turkey on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the accession of Turkey to NATO 17. Feb. 2012 Joint Meeting of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committees of the Turkish Grand Assembly. Left to right: NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Chairman Volkan Bozkir. 
NATO Secretary General visits Turkey on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the accession of Turkey to NATO 17. Feb. 2012 Joint Meeting of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committees of the Turkish Grand Assembly.