Afghan security, ISAF role top summit agenda
CHICAGO (PAN): Foreign troops’ role after 2014 in Afghanistan, the $4.1 billion funding for Afghan forces and preserving the achievements made over the past decade will top the agenda for NATO’s summit in Chicago.
A galaxy of world leaders from 60 countries and international agencies are converging on Chicago, where they are to mull over Afghanistan’s future, especially on dicey security matters, and other NATO-related issues.
NATO secretary-general's spokesman, Oana Lungescu, told Pajhwok Afghan News that NATO-led foreign troops' role beyond 2014, approval of $4.1 billion for Afghan security force and ways to protect the international community’s and Afghan government’s achievements would be discussed.
“The summit with its enlarged members will discuss issues related to Afghanistan, which will send an explicit massage to Afghans that the international community is standing steadily by its promises and will never leave the country alone,” remarked Lungescu.
He said some countries had committed to contribute to the $4.1 billon funds before the summit, while other participating nations would declare their support in Chicago or after the conference.
The international community would continue supporting the war-torn country, mainly in the area of training and equipping Afghan security forces until they were ready to defend their homeland, he added.
The summit, slated to begin later in the day, is being attended by President Hamid Karzai, accompanied by a high-level delegation, Afghan media and civil society and youth groups.
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