NATO and Russia reaffirm their cooperation in support of Afghanistan’s lasting security
Today, the NATO-Russia Council met in Foreign Ministers session, during the first day of NATO’s foreign ministers meetings at NATO HQ in Brussels.
During a press conference after the NATO-Russia Council’s meeting, the NATO Secretary General said “in the past year, we have achieved a lot.” He added “we have passed a milestone with the training of over 2,500 counter-narcotics officers from Afghanistan, Central Asia and Pakistan. We have almost completed training 30 helicopter technicians, and provided badly-needed spare parts for the Afghan Air Force. And we expanded our arrangement for the transit of goods to and from Afghanistan, to include combined transport by rail, road, and air.”
In last few years the issue of supporting the Afghan Air Force is a major demand of the Afghan government, but today’s discussions of the NATO-Russia Council about the Afghan Air Force can be a good news for the Afghan government.
Rasmussen said that throughout next year “We will expand our support for the Afghan Air Force by providing training to technicians on more types of helicopter, and in new areas, such as developing the Afghan Air Force’s medical evacuation capability.”
The issue of drug trafficking and narcotic cultivation in Afghanistan is a major issue for the world, particularly for the Russian government, which has repeatedly expressed its concern about the flow of drugs from Afghanistan to Russia.
NATO Secretary General pointed out “we will expand our counter-narcotics cooperation with dedicated programmes for Afghan police women, training on the use of dogs in the fight against drugs, and more courses in more locations than ever before.”
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