Tajik Foreign Minister Hamrokhon Zarifi will represent Tajikistan at the forthcoming NATO summit in Chicago, a source in the Government told AP.

“Summit will bring together participants of international security assistance force ISAF. The event will bring together 50 ISAF partners and representatives of Central Asia and Russia – countries which provide assistance to NATO forces in Afghanistan,” Silk Way news has quoted NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen as saying.

Rasmussen said Chicago Summit will be the biggest summit in NATO’s history in which nearly 60 countries, including UN and EU member states, will take part.

According to media reports, heads of Central Asian states are also expected to attend the event.

According to the ‘Nezavisimaya gazeta’, leaders of western countries plan to discuss establishment of new military objects in Central Asia.

“They need these objects. Firstly, for dislocation of troops they withdraw from Afghanistan and, secondly, to strengthen their presence in this region which borders Afghanistan,” the newspaper said.