NATO, partners vow continued support for Afghan security forces
KABUL (Pajhwok): NATO members and partners have reaffirmed their commitment to continue supporting the financial sustainment of Afghan security forces, at the plenary meeting of the Afghan National Army (ANA) Trust Fund Board.
Ongoing coordination between Afghan authorities and the various funding streams, including the ANA Trust Fund, the Law and Order Trust Fund for the Afghan Police, budgetary contributions of the governmentand bilateral contributions, especially the Afghan Security Forces Fund of the US, were discussed.
The adapted ANA Trust Fund is NATO’s response to the international community’s commitment in the framework of the 2012 Chicago Summit to continue supporting Afghanistan’s its efforts to sustain sufficient and capable National Defence and Security Forces.
“The ANA Trust Fund has been an important part of NATO’s contribution to this Endeavour,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was quoted as saying in a statement from the alliance after Wednesday’s meeting.
He hailed the meeting as “an important steppingstone towards the NATO Warsaw Summit in July, as well as the EU Development Conference in October. Both meetings are connected as security and development are two sides of the same coin,” Stoltenberg said.
Continued financial support for the sustainment of Afghan forces up to 2020 was pledged. “I am confident we will be in a position to announce at the Warsaw Summit that we have firm commitments to support the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces for the period up to 2020.”
In December, NATO and Resolute Support partner foreign ministers agreed to work towards national decisions to be announced at, or prior to, the Warsaw Summit confirming financial commitments to support the Afghan security forces until 2020.
The ANA Trust Fund board is composed of representatives of donor nations and the Trust Fund manager (represented by the United States). Stoltenberg and a donor nation representative co-chair the Board. Zia Haleemi, director-general of budget of the Ministry of Finance took part in the meeting.
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