Turkish president to attend NATO Summit in Chicago

May 18, 2012, Friday/ 12:13:00/ TODAYSZAMAN.COM

A Turkish delegation headed by President Abdullah Gül will represent Turkey at the NATO Summit in Chicago to take place from May 20-21.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz will also travel to the US to attend the summit, which will mainly focus on issues such as new defense packages that follow the principle of “Smart Defence,” which concerns addressing defense needs in a time of strict budgetary constraints.

The summit will also focus on the Deterrence and Defence Posture Review (DDPR) and stability in Afghanistan, said a statement from the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Within the scope of the summit, a working session and a working dinner will be held with the participation of heads of state and government from NATO member nations. Moreover, leaders of countries participating in NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission and representatives of related institutions will get together at a meeting on Afghanistan to exchange views on establishing stability and security in the country, the statement added.

Foreign and defense ministers of the alliance's member countries are also scheduled to hold separate meetings on the sidelines of the summit, the statement added.

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