NATO chief heads to Washington

May 30, 2013 at 11:03 AM
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BRUSSELS, May 30 (UPI) -- NATO said Thursday that Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen was headed to Washington to discuss Afghanistan with U.S. President Barack Obama.

NATO announced Rasmussen is to meet with Obama at the White House Friday. The secretary-general's two-day itinerary includes meetings with national security adviser Tom Donilon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

The White House said this week that Obama looked forward to discussing the Afghan conflict with Rasmussen. Obama, during a national security address, said the Taliban and al-Qaida were on the run after more than 10 years of war.

NATO officials this week said they were boosting military-to-military cooperation with Pakistan. An unmanned military drone is said to have killed a top Taliban commander in Pakistan this week.

The International Committee of the Red Cross, meanwhile, condemned the attack on its offices near the border with Pakistan this week.

The ICRC said "unidentified armed men" attacked its office Wednesday in Jalalabad. An Afghan guard employed by the organization was killed, though the rest of the staff of 36 in the city, including six expatriates, was uninjured.

"We condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms," ICRC head of operations for South Asia Jacques de Maio said in a statement.

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