Cavusoglu, Pompeo to discuss Afghanistan in Brussels

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The NATO chief also said the agenda of the first session of the NATO foreign ministers' meeting was related to Russian Federation and the current situation in the Middle East and North Africa.

Still, NATO officials see an "unprecedented opportunity" in Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's offer of unconditional peace talks accompanied by a cease-fire, the recognition of the Taliban as a political party and the release of some prisoners. The official said the United States delegation would make the point that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is more relevant today that at any point since the end of the Cold War.

"I did come straight away - I was sworn in yesterday afternoon, hopped on a plane and came straight here", Pompeo told NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg upon arriving at the alliance's headquarters.

Asked about the possible interference of Russian Federation in the process of Macedonia's NATO accession, Stoltenberg said at the meeting of the North Atlantic Council that it was the fundamental right of every nation to decide on its path and belonging to a certain security framework.

On NATO-Russia relations, Stoltenberg said the alliance wants to improve ties with Russia.

Turkish leaders have said they are buying the Russian weapons system in part to counter "threats from Kurdish and Islamist militants at home and conflicts across its borders in Syria and Iraq".

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"When tensions are high, our dialogue is more important than ever", he added, saying the alliance was working for another meeting of the NATO-Russia Council. Another of Pompeo's objectives in Brussels is to prod allies, particularly Germany, to meet their commitments to spend 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense by 2024, according to the official.

"They should meet the goals that they agreed to", he said as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Donald Trump were meeting at the White House.

Pompeo, a foreign policy hawk who has served as Trump's director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), departed for his first foreign trip as secretary of state just hours after confirmation.

He said Russian Federation, in fact, is "speeding up the process" of delivering the missile systems at Turkey's request.

The ministers are also likely to agree on the details of NATO's new training mission for the Iraqi armed forces.

He is later set to visit Saudi Arabia, Israel and Jordan and start his first full day of work at the State Department next week, Nauert added.

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