Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said, "we attach great importance to NATO-European Union cooperation. But Turkey has some serious concerns", Anadolu Agency reported.
Davutoglu met with NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who is currently paying a visit to Ankara.
He said at a joint news conference following the meeting, "I told Rasmussen that we are pleased with appointment of Turkish diplomat Huseyin Dirioz as the new deputy secretary-general of NATO as of October 15."
"Recent developments in Afghanistan were also high on agenda of our meeting. As you know, Turkey has extended its mandate of the Central Kabul Command of NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) for one more year as of November 1. Turkey will continue supporting Afghanistan in all areas," he said.
"We also discussed preparatory efforts for the upcoming meeting of NATO foreign affairs and defense ministers on October 14 as well as new strategic concept of NATO," he added.
Rasmussen thanked Turkey for its contribution to NATO, adding that Turkey also made important contributions to Afghanistan. Rasmussen said that NATO welcomed Turkey's extending its Kabul regional command for one more year.
Rasmussen said that Turkish soldiers were doing well in Afghanistan, adding that Turkey, due to its rooted relations with Afghanistan and Pakistan, was making a serious contribution in the region.
Turkey is making an important contribution to regional peace and stability, noted Rasmussen.
Rasmussen said that he would be pleased to work with Turkish ambassador Huseyin Dirioz who was appointed as NATO assistant secretary general. He added that Dirioz would undertake an important role in NATO's modernization and transformation process.