NATO to stay in Afghanistan beyond current mission
ANTALYA (Pajhwok): NATO has decided to stay in Afghanistan even after the end of current Resolute Support (RS) mission and unlike other missions it would be led by civilians, NATO Secretary General said on Wednesday.
Speaking to journalists in Turkey’s Antalya, Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO secretary general, said NATO’s civilian and military authorities have been tasked to develop a plan for this continued NATO presence by the autumn that would also include presence of military contingent.
He added preparations were underway to decide on concrete content of this Enduring Partnership (EP), but the only decision made as of now was that it would be a civil-military presence in Afghanistan led by civilians.
“Our aim will be to advise and instruct the Afghan security institutions. To help them become self-sufficient and to build on what we have achieved so far,” he added
Stoltenberg said Afghan soldiers and police have stood up against enormous challenges that made NATO’s combat operation to current mission of training, advising and assisting of ANSF smooth.
Afghanistan has laid the foundation for a stable future, he remarked. He went on to say that lasting peace in Afghanistan required a political solution and this had to be an Afghan led and Afghan owned political process.
Lasting political solution, he said, needed to rest on three fundamental principles of Taliban breaking all ties with international terrorism, renouncing violence and committing to Afghan constitution, including rights of women.
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