Pajhwok Services

Photo Service

SMS News Service

Pajhwok combines its expertise and experience in news reporting with a telecom firm and thus reach a wider audience in an 
effective way.

To subscribe: 
English News Update : Send 83 to 824
Dari News Update : Send 84 to 824
Pashto News Update : Send 85 to 824

Election Coverage

Special Mining Page

Afghan Peace Process Special Page

Addvertise With Pajhwok

Daily Newsletter

Sending Time (GMT / Kabul time)

Suggest a Story

Pajhwok is interested in your story suggestions. Please tell us your thoughts by clicking here.

Rasmussen confident of raising $4b for Afghan security

Rasmussen confident of raising $4b for Afghan security

May 21, 2012 - 06:58

CHICAGO/WASHINGTON (PANinfo-icon): NATOinfo-icon Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Sunday expressed confidence that the international community would be able to commit $4 billion a year to sustain Afghan security forces after foreign troops withdraw from the country in 2014.

“A number of allies and partners have announced concrete financial contributions for the Afghan security forces after 2014. I am optimistic about reaching the overall goal of finding around $4 billion a year to finance Afghan security forces in the future,” Rasmussen told reporters in Chicago.

At the end of the first day of the NATO Summit, Rasmussen noted the meeting was not a fund-pledging conference and one should not expect all financial commitments for Afghan forces announced here.

“Let me stress that $4 billion a year is not a responsibility of NATO and ISAFinfo-icon (International Security Assistance Force) alone. It’s a responsibility of the whole international community, but I am sure NATO allies and ISAF partners would pay a fair share of this overall bill,” he remarked.

He strongly refuted the notion that NATO and its international partners would leave Afghanistaninfo-icon alone after 2014, insisting it was not going to be the case. “Once the Afghans have full responsibility by the end of 2014, our combat mission will come to an end. But we will not walk away.  Once transition is completed, NATO will lead a new mission to train, advise and support Afghan security forces.”

On Monday, more than 60 worldinfo-icon leaders will focus on the future of Afghanistan. That meeting would send a strong signal of commitment to the Afghan people, the secretary-general said.

“We have taken important steps on the road to a stable and secure Afghanistan. As we agreed with President (Hamid) Karzai in Lisbon, our shared goal is for the Afghan forces to be fully responsible for their country’s security by the end of 2014. And we are on track,” he said.

Afghan forces are already in the lead for providing security for half the population and soon that will rise to over 75 percent. “By the middle of 2013, we expect the Afghan forces to be taking the lead for security right across the country. As they step forward, our focus will shift from combat to support - but we will remain combat-ready,” Rasmussen said.



Related Article

Download “Pajhwok” mobile App, on your smartphone to read and access latest news, features, interviews, videos and photos about Afghanistan.


Add new comment


Twitter Update