NATO has responded positively to our demands: Stanekzai
Defence ministers from more than 40 ally and partner nations of the military alliance concluded a two-day meeting in Brussels, the Belgium capital, where NATO is headquartered.
The meeting confirmed the alliance’s commitment to a follow up civilian-led mission in Afghanistan after the end of the current Resolute Support mission, which is to train and assist Afghan security forces.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said they took stock of the progress made since the launch of Resolute Support in January this year.
He said they would continue to support the Afghan forces and the government even after the end of the current mission.
He praised the Afghan forces for dealing effectively with attacks and challenges and showing exemplary courage, determination and commitment.
Stanekzai, who for the first time attended a NATO meeting, told a press conference in Brussels, that NATO had once again renewed its commitment to assisting Afghanistan in the long-term.
He said the defence ministers positively responded to Afghanistan proposals and demands and promised to strengthen the Afghan Air Force (AIF).
Stanekzai said the Afghan delegation presented proposals and demands in four areas, including continued support for Afghan forces, their equipment and strengthening the AIF.
He said the NATO defence ministers promised they would strengthen the AIF and provide the force with equipment and other facilities.
The alliance also renewed its pledge to continue financially support to the Afghan forces, the acting defence minister said.
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