Afghans, their forces deserve our full support: NATO chief
KABUL (Pajhwok): Condemning group attack on Afghanistan’s parliament, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday said the Afghans and their national security forces deserved the alliance full support.
Speaking at a press conference in Brussels ahead of NATO defence ministers meetings on Wednesday and Thursday at the NATO headquarters, Stoltenberg said the meetings would review progress made since the launch of the alliance Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan.
“We will look at how we will continue to support the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces in the longer term,” he said, adding Afghan forces continued to face considerable challenges.
“I strongly condemn the attack on the Afghan parliament today. This is an attack on democracy. The Afghan forces stand their ground. They, and the Afghan people, deserve our full support.”
In response to a question, the NATO chief said they would continue to support the Afghan forces. “We do that along three strands, first of all we have the train, assist and advise mission, the Resolute Support mission, which is training, advising and assisting the ASF."
He said the second strand was moving to the long-term or enduring partnership with Afghanistan after the end of the RS mission. “We have just started to address the content of this partnership.”
Stoltenberg said they aimed at a civilian-led mission with a military component of the new enduring partnership aimed at continuing to support Afghanistan and the Afghan forces.
“And the third commitment we have made is to continue to fund, to provide financial support for the Afghan national security forces,” he said.
He said NATO would continue to support and had decided to continue with the long term partnership and the alliance was going to be there and help the Afghans in protecting themselves and protecting their country as a democratic and unified nation.
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