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NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Dr. Zalmai Rassoul.

22 Sep. 2011

NATO Secretary General in New York

The NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen stressed the Alliance's determination to stay the course in Afghanistan at a meeting with the Afghan Foreign Minister Dr Zalmay Rassoul on the margins on the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Mr Rasmussen expressed his deepest sympathy to the Afghan people for the recent killing of the chairman of the High Peace Council Dr Burhanuddin Rabbani. But he made clear that "this horrific assassination will not change" NATO's strategy. The first stage of transition to Afghan security lead was a success, Mr Rasmussen said, and the next stage was expected to take place soon. Implementing NATO's Enduring Partnership with Afghanistan will be one of the major issues on the agenda of the Chicago summit next May. 

The situation in Kosovo was the main topic at a bilateral meeting between the Secretary General and the President of Serbia Boris Tadic. Mr Rasmussen assured President Tadic that "KFOR would continue to conduct its mission in an impartial way, to maintain a safe and secure environment in Kosovo." The Secretary General also repeated his call for all parties to refrain from any action that could provoke further tension.

Mr Rasmussen also discussed a whole range of bilateral and international issues with the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. They agreed that while NATO and Russia have made substantial progress in areas such as enhancing Afghanistan transit and counter-terrorism, much remained to be done on  cooperation on missile defence and dialogue between NATO and Russia would continue in a constructive manner in the months ahead.

The Secretary General also took part in the Transatlantic Dinner, a traditional event attended by leaders from NATO and EU nations.

Last updated: 22-Sep-2011 21:55

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Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 22. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Dr. Zalmai Rassoul, in New York City. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 22. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Dr. Zalmai Rassoul, in New York City. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 22. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen greets President of Serbia, Boris Tadic, at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 22. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets with President of Serbia, Boris Tadic, at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 22. Sep. 2011 The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Sergey Lavrov greets NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 22. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Sergey Lavrov, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, speaks during the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, speaks during the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, speaks during the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, speaks during the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, speaks during the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen attends the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 Members of the World's media gather around an aging CRT monitor to see President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, speak during the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during an interview in the rose garden of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Rasmussen is in the city for the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during an interview in the rose garden of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Rasmussen is in the city for the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during an interview in the rose garden of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Rasmussen is in the city for the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during an interview in the rose garden of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Rasmussen is in the city for the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen walks through the rose garden of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Rasmussen is in the city for the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen (r) is interviewed by Jakob Nielson of the Danish publication, Politiken, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Rasmussen is in the city for the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani greets NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the Qatar Mission in New York City. The two leaders are in the city for the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets with the Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani at the Qatar Mission in New York City. The two leaders are in the city for the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen (r) speaks with the Luxembourg Minister for Foreign Affairs, Jean Asselborn in New York City. The two leaders are in the city for the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, reviews schedule notes in an office overlooking the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Rasmussen is in the city to attend the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon bids farewell to NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the United Nations Headquarters in New York following a meeting between the two on the eve of the opening of the UN General Assembly. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen signs the guest book of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon as Ki-moon looks on at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon greets NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on the eve of the opening of the UN General Assembly. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen pauses before the portrait of the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets with the President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on the eve of the opening of the UN General Assembly. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Kostyantyn Gryshchenko in New York on the eve of the opening of the UN General Assembly. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks outside of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks outside of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen is interviewed by Jonathan Wachtel of Fox News outside of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen is interviewed outside of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen is interviewed by Isha Sasay of CNN outside of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen is interviewed by Isha Sasay of CNN outside of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen (left) attends the High-Level Meeting on Libya at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen (left) attends the High-Level Meeting on Libya at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen attends the High-Level Meeting on Libya at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen attends the High-Level Meeting on Libya at the United Nations Headquarters, New York.