(LISBON, Portugal) -- Leaders of NATO countries will grapple with important defense issues, including military presence in Afghanistan, at their summit in Lisbon, Portugal this weekend.
NATO leaders are expected to endorse a plan to gradually bring troops home from Afghanistan in the coming years. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says the alliance and Afghan President Hamid Karzai agree on this proposed transition, saying last week that both share commonality "towards greater Afghan leadership of military operations and transition to a supporting role for international forces." Afghan representatives are expected to attend parts of the meeting.
Earlier this week, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the alliance and Afghan President Hamid Karzai both share commonality "towards greater Afghan leadership of military operations and transition to a supporting role for international forces."
Also on the agenda, NATO leaders will discuss a new mission statement for the future of the alliance, as well as discuss further cooperation with Russia and ways of boosting economic growth and employment in the U.S. and Europe.
"The Lisbon summit will be substantial," Rasmussen said. "It will shape the future of our alliance."
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