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Atmar briefs NATO officials on latest Afghan situation

Atmar briefs NATO officials on latest Afghan situation

Nov 12, 2015 - 14:43

KABUL (Pajhwok): National Security Advisor Hanif Atmar has said the Afghan forces have the ability to defend the country, but still they need international assistance in some spheres.

Atmar, who reached Brussels from New Delhi, held two meetings with NATO leaders, said Tawab Ghorzang, the National Security Council spokesman on Thursday.

He told Pajhwok Afghan News that Atmar held his first meeting with NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg and the two discussed Afghanistan’s latest security problems and the alliance’s future cooperation.

At his meeting with Stoltenberg, Atmar made it clear that the Afghan forces had the ability to defend the country, but they needed international support in some areas and should be well-equipped.

Stoltenberg assured of the alliance’s continued cooperation with Afghan security forces beyond 2016. The NATO chief said next month’s NATO foreign ministerial meeting and next year’s heads of states meeting would discuss the alliance future assistance and mission in Afghanistan.

Ghorzang said the national security advisor also attended a meeting of the Northern Atlantic Council’s military and political leaders.

Besides Atmar and Stoltenberg, the meeting was attended by ambassadors and other representatives from 21 member countries.

Atmar briefed the meeting about Afghanistan’s latest situation and the unity government’s efforts at bringing reforms to various departments.

He told the meeting that the Afghanistan government had evolved a comprehensive reform programme targeting security, economic and political sectors.

Fighting corruption, increasing revenues, attracting investments and infrastructure development were part of the programme, he added.

The advisor said the reform programme would be completed over the next one year and its outcome would be presented before next year’s NATO heads of states summit.

At the end of the meeting, Ghorzang said the participants pledged continued assistance with Afghan security forces.



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