NATO meeting to discuss progress of Afghan forces
ANTALYA (Pajhwok): The two-day NATO foreign ministerial meeting in Turkey would assess the progress of Afghan security forces and discuss what might come up after the Resolute Support Mission, a senior alliance official said on Tuesday.
The official, who declined to be named, told Pajhwok Afghan News in Antalya that there were “three tracks of ongoing cooperation by NATO with Afghanistan.”
“One is the current Resolute Support Mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan security forces. Another is the continued financial support for their sustainment and the third is the Enduring Partnership of political consultation and practical cooperation.”
The two-day foreign ministers’ meeting will kick-off from tomorrow (Wednesday) in Turkey to discuss recent security situation of Afghanistan.
“Tomorrow we expect to have the guiding principles of an enhanced Enduring Partnership agreed,” the NATO senior official, adding “whether or not Daesh posed a threat in Afghanistan, NATO support to Afghanistan would continue for the long term.
He said the suspension of NATO-Russia practical cooperation had not produced any impact on the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan.
He said transit routes through the Russian territory remained open and these arrangements had been set up outside the NATO-Russia Council framework.
Earlier, Ismail Aramaz, NATO’s senior civilian representative for Afghanistan, told Pajhwok Afghan News alliance’s foreign ministers and 14 other states supporting the Resolute Support (RS) would attend the meeting.
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