The NATO military committee Wednesday concluded its two­day meeting on the level of Defence chiefs after discussing key strategic issues which face the Alliance.

Speaking at a press conference at NATO headquarters this afternoon Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach ,Chairman of NATO’s Military Committee, said the Chiefs of Defence “agreed that Russia and international terror groups were two major challenges.”

“They expressed concern about Russian actions in the Black Sea, particularly surrounding the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait,” he noted. Discussions focused on continuing to monitor Russia’s posture as well as on the importance of keeping NATO­ Russia military­ to military lines of communication open, said Peach.

The committee exchanged views on military ­ to ­ military cooperation with Ukraine and the importance of engagement. It also met with Operational Partners in NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan, and received briefings on the operational and political situation on the ground in Afghanistan.

“The Chiefs of Defence reiterated their support for the NATO ­led mission to train, assist and advise the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces and Institutions,” he said. Focusing on the Regional Security situation, the Military Committee met with General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee of Pakistan.

“The Allied Chiefs welcomed Pakistan’s commitment and support to reconciliation in Afghanistan and acknowledged Pakistan’s continued support to facilitate NATO’s logistical supply lines for its Resolute Support Mission,” said Peach. They recognized Pakistan’s “sacrifice and commitment to defeating terrorist threats,” he said.

Source: KUNA

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