NATO endorses plan for new Afghan mission
“Otherwise, we will not be able to keep any troops in Afghanistan from next year,” NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters in Brussels.
After a meeting of NATO Council with ISAF contributing nations at the level of foreign ministers, he stressed the Afghans had to take the next step by promptly signing the Bilateral Security Agreement and the Status of Forces Agreement.
“The people of Afghanistan have made their choice clear. They want democracy. We salute their choice and the determination they have shown in both rounds of presidential elections,” he said.
The electoral process must run its course in a timely manner, he said, adding allegations of irregularities be addressed through proper channels. Both candidates should play a constructive and responsible role.
Rasmussen explained NATO wanted to continue providing financial support to the Afghan forces. At the meeting, member states reconfirmed their commitment to providing funds to sustain the Afghan forces.
He reminded Afghan authorities to live up to their commitment to tackle corruption and contribute an increasing amount to the funding of
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