Just a few days before NATO Heads of State and Government meet, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that Lisbon will be one of the most important Summits in NATO’s history. The decisions that Allies are expected to take at the end of this week in Portugal will ensure that NATO is more effective, more engaged and more efficient than ever before.
“More effective, because NATO will invest in key capabilities like missile defence, cyber defence and long-range transport. More engaged, because NATO will reach out to connect with our partners around the globe, countries and other organisations. And more efficient, because we are cutting fat, even as we invest in muscle, for example by slimming down our Command Structure by about 4000 personnel”, the Secretary General stated. ”All of that will be enshrined in the new Strategic Concept. It will guide the Alliance for the next decade”.
The Secretary General said that the Summit will also mark a fundamentally new phase in NATO’s operation in Afghanistan, as Allies will launch in Lisbon the process by which the Afghan government will take the lead for security throughout the country.
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Effective, engaged, efficient: Lisbon decisions to guide the new NATO