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NATO ministers meet to prepare for the summit

The foreign and defense ministers of NATO countries have met to prepare for the first NATO summit attended by US President Joe Biden, transcending four turbulent years with the administration of his predecessor, Donald Trump.
The ministers will discuss a huge statement being drafted for presentation at the June 14 summit in Brussels, which will reaffirm the unity of the 30-nation security alliance, and focus on future threats and challenges.
On the eve of the meeting, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said: “This is a pivotal moment for our alliance and our collective security. We need transatlantic unity in a more competitive, unpredictable world.”
The focus of the issue that will top the discussions is ending NATO operations in Afghanistan, as Biden pledged to get US forces out of there by the end of September 11th.
Key questions remain about how NATO will continue to fund Afghan security forces, whether it will continue to train special forces somewhere outside the country, and who will provide security for civil servants, embassies and Kabul airport.

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