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Meeting with Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Secretary General of NATO

President Barroso met this afternoon with the Secretary-General of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, to discuss EU-NATO relations and also the preparation of the next NATO Summit to be held in Chicago. They both agreed that an active and effective European Union contributes to the overall security of the Euro-Atlantic area and that for this reason the EU is a unique and essential partner for NATO. They emphasised that NATO and the EU can and should play complementary and mutually reinforcing roles in supporting international peace and security. President Barroso reiterated the European Union's commitment to strengthen the relationship between the EU and NATO, including through the synergies between the two organizations' military capabilities initiatives: "smart defence" and "pooling and sharing". Both leaders agreed with the need to ensure a successful NATO Summit, in particular to guarantee that the international community will remain committed with the future of Afghanistan post-2014. Other issues of common interest were also discussed such as the cooperation between EU and NATO in different theatres of operations, in particular Kosovo.