NATO reffirms continued support to Afghan security forces
KABUL (Pajhwok): The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member states on Friday reiterated their commitment to continue supporting the Afghan government and its security forces, including through financial assistance.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said this to reporters after the end of the organization’s defence ministers meeting in Brussels, the capital of Belgium.
Afghanistan was not the main point of discussions, but NATO Secretary General said that member states had exchanged their views about situation in Afghanistan during the meeting. "Ministers assessed the work of the Resolute Support mission. They agreed that our training, advice and assistance for the Afghan forces remains essential for stability in Afghanistan. And they confirmed that the mission should continue to be kept under review, to ensure its effectiveness," he said.
Afghan security forces required amount $4 billion annually for its expenditures which NATO allies and partners had pledged to provide since their earlier Summit held in Chicago in 2012.
NATO Defence Ministers evaluated the performance of Afghan security forces and of the NATO Resolute Support (RS) mission in Afghanistan.“We will continue to support them both with training, assistance and advice but will also continue to fund them,” the Secretary General said.
The top NATO official said that they would continue looking at the situation in Afghanistan and would work closely with Afghan security forces until the country got stabilised. “Afghan security forces are facing a challenging security environment, but they have made a lot of progress as they have taken full security responsibility for the security in Afghanistan. They have proved that they are capable of responding to the Taliban and other insurgents’ attacks," Stoltenberg said.
He said militants’ attacks in 2016 may continue, as President Ghani also pointed out to the issue. “We are very realistic, we know that there's going to be violence and fighting also in 2016, but we trust the Afghan security forces and we will continue to support them," Stoltenberg said.
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