The head of NATO’s Military Committee, the alliance’s top military decision making organ, will visit Prague at the end of the week. General Gianpaolo Di Paola is scheduled to meet with the head of the Czech general staff, Vlastimil Picek, on Thursday. The main point is likely to be Czech participation in the NATO mission in Afghanistan. The former Czech government promised to increase its contribution but was prevented from doing this by opposition in the lower house of parliament. Meetings are also due to take place with President Václav Klaus and the minister of defence.