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Afghan president, NATO chief to attend Munich security confab

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Berlin, Jan 21, IRNA -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen will take part at the 46th Munich Security Conference, due to be held from February 5-7, the organizer of the high-profile confab, Wolfgang Ischinger said Thursday.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is also scheduled to attend the security meeting in the south German city, widely regarded as the top annual gathering of political movers and shakers on global strategic issues.

Germany will be represented by Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and his fiercest inner-cabinet rival Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg.

This year's guest list of the Munich security confab includes Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, US national security advisor James L. Jones, Azeri President Ilham Aliyev, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency Yukiya Amano, the chairman of the US Senate foreign affairs committee John Kerry and former Republican presidential contender Senator John McCain.

The security meeting is to focus on possible concrete steps for the nuclear disarmament of world powers.

Other major political issues to be discussed at the securty conference include Afghanistan, energy security, the Middle East conflict and European security architecture, according to Ischinger.

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End News / IRNA / News Code 911239



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