NATO and NATO Parliamentary Assembly focus on Chicago Summit priorities

  • 13 Feb. 2012 -
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  • Last updated: 15 Feb. 2012 16:07

On 13 February, the North Atlantic Council met with representatives of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly at NATO headquarters for an exchange of views on the priorities for the upcoming NATO summit in Chicago.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (center); the NATO Parliamentary Assembly President Dr. Karl A. Lamers (left) and the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Secretary General, David Hobbs (right) pose for a photo before a bilateral meeting on Monday, 13 February 2012, in connection with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly annual joint meeting with the North Atlantic Council.

The meeting is part of regular consultations between the two organizations to enhance the common understanding of the main issues facing the Alliance. 

NATO ambassadors and parliamentarians discussed the current situation in Afghanistan and took stock of the progress of transition. They also reviewed the development of NATO’s Missile Defence system, the Smart Defence agenda and options for NATO to enhance political relations and practical cooperation with partners.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen also had bilateral discussion with the President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Dr Karl Lamers.

The NATO Parliamentary Assembly is an inter-parliamentary organization of legislators from NATO member countries and 14 associate members. The Assembly is independent of NATO but provides a link between NATO and the parliaments of its member countries to help build parliamentary and public understanding for Alliance policies.