NATO Summit in Bucharest to discuss Afghanistan

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New Delhi, Mar 30 (UNI) NATO allies will meet at a summit in Romanian capital Bucharest from April 2-4 to discuss the adoption of a strategic plan for Afghanistan and the future of Kosovo.

The three-day summit will reconfirm the unity of approach and action towards Afghanistan and will convey a strong signal for the need for enhanced solidarity for the international community, officials of Romanian Embassy said here today.

''The adoption of a strategic plan for Afghanistan will be able to set new steps in the stabilisation process of this country. A great coherence from the international community and an enhanced participation of Afghanistan are the need of the day,'' the officials added.

The summit, which will be attended by 26 partner countries, delegations from contributing countries in Afghanistan and international organisations including the UN, will also discuss enlargement of the alliance.

A high-level meeting of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan will also be held. UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon is expected to attend the meeting.

Besides the important issues of Afghanistan and Kosovo, the summit will als discuss a ''comprehensive enlargement'' of NATO with all the three Balkan candidate countries--Albania, Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia--extending the area of security and stability of the NATO in the Balkans.

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