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Published:November 26th, 2006 10:46 EST
Counting down to NATO’s Riga Summit

Counting down to NATO’s Riga Summit

By SOP newswire

Heads of State and Government from the 26 NATO member countries will meet in the Latvian capital Riga, 28-29 November, to chart the way ahead for the Alliance’s operations, transformation and partnerships.

NATO’s engagement in Afghanistan, the Alliance’s priority mission, as well as its missions and operations in Darfur, Iraq, Kosovo and the Mediterranean will be discussed.

Taking transformation forward

In addition, Heads of State and Government will focus on the upgrading of NATO’s military capabilities to ensure that they meet the challenges of today’s versatile security environment.

Discussions will cover key elements of this transformation process such as strategic transport, the NATO Response Force, missile defence and other initiatives that are vital in adapting NATO’s military capabilities to new security threats.

Broadening and strengthening partnerships will also be at the top of the Summit agenda. The Heads of State and Government are expected to reconfirm NATO’s open door policy and underscore their intention to deepen the Alliance’s relations with non-NATO countries building on the existing partnerships and through new programmes such as a potential NATO training initiative.

Summit meetings provide periodic opportunities for Heads of State and Government of member countries to evaluate and provide strategic direction for Alliance activities.

These are not regular meetings, but rather important junctures in the Alliance’s decision-making process.

News, statements, decisions, and audio & video from the meeting will be published in real-time on the NATO Web site.