BRUSSELS - The Nato expressed satisfaction over the Pakistani armed forces' campaign against militants along the country's frontier with Afghanistan at its annual ministerial conference in Brussels on Wednesday. In a joint communique issued by the Foreign Ministers of the North Atlantic Council, the Nato also appreciated the improving relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan. "We welcome closer Nato-Isaf/Afghan-Pakistani coordination through the tripartite commission and other fora, and will take steps to improve border security, including exploring of the establishment of more border coordination centres and other possible joint initiatives," read the document. It was referring to the plan to establish six additional border coordination centres in addition to the one set up at the Khyber border. Nato's satisfaction with the centre, where Isaf and Pakistani forces share intelligence reports from their respective sides of the border, is likely to bring about setting up of more such centres. "Nato is open to closer military-to-military cooperation and enhanced high-level political dialogue with Pakistan." At the foreign ministerial conference of Nato countries, a continuation of support and investment into the organisation's endeavour in Afghanistan was also pledged. To this effect, a continuation of the four-pronged strategy was laid out: first, a continuation of what Nato sees as the Afghan democratic process, with different phases of the national elections taking place in 2009 and 2010. Second was the plan aimed at supporting, training and equipping the Afghan security forces, to which effect they noted with approval the fact that the Afghan National Army was now taking the lead responsibility in defending Kabul. Third was the new buzzword in the Nato Headquarters as heard many times by this correspondent - as the comprehensive, civilian-military approach, which recognises that there is no purely military solution. This would entail building upon the Afghan national development strategy and other developmental endeavours. The fourth, of course, is the one about increasing cooperation with Afghanistan's neighbours, primarily Pakistan. Meanwhile, Nato Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer ruled out the apprehension that the campaign by the Pakistani armed forces against militants along the border with Afghanistan would be affected in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai. Asked at a Press conference following the Nato foreign ministerial conference at Brussels as to whether Pakistan would move its forces over to its eastern border, squeezing the resources needed to wage the war against the militants, Sheffer replied, "I have received no signal to imply that is the case." On the operations within Afghanistan, the Secretary-General continued to implore the leaders of the Nato member states to expand the Isaf in terms of the number of troops. "To prevent stalemate, that is, a situation where we are not losing, but are not winning either, we need more troops," he said. "Allow me to wait for the inauguration of President Obama," he said, in response to a question about the US President-elect's election campaign stance of building up the forces in Afghanistan. Scheffer also commented, though, that a purely military solution is no answer.