NATO Secretary General Holds Talks with Libya, Turkey

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and the Prime Minister of Libya, Ali Zeidan (photo: NATO)

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and the Prime Minister of Libya, Ali ZeidanThe Alliance remains open to help the Libyan government rebuild its security sector, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan during talks on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday (25 September 2013). The Secretary General also held a separate meeting with the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoglu focused on the situation in the Middle East.

In his meeting with the Libyan Prime Minister, Mr. Fogh Rasmussen noted that Libya has achieved key milestones on its transition to democracy since NATO’s Operation Unified Protector in 2011. He stressed that NATO, which has relevant expertise in security sector reform, is currently examining a request by the Libyan government to assist in security institution building.

The Secretary General also held talks with the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. They discussed issues at the top of NATO’s agenda, including the crisis in Syria and NATO’s continued Patriot deployment to help protect Turkey’s people and territory.