NATO reaffirms long-term security cooperation to Afghanistan: Stoltenberg
He pointed out the three key decision when asked about Afghanistan expectation from the summit, the first was about NATO continued military presence not with combat forces, but with a train, assist and advise mission So the alliance could train, assist and advise the Afghan national army and security forces.
Second, he said the summit may decide on continued funding of the national Afghan forces And the third was his expectation from the heads of member-state and Government also to reconfirm for NATO long-term political partnership and cooperation with Afghanistan.
“All these three strands of work are important for us helping Afghanistan stabilise in securing their own country, also to fight terrorism in Afghanistan and prevent the war torn country from once again becoming a safe haven for international terrorists,” Stoltenberg believed.
He said he welcomed the efforts by the Afghan government to engage with Pakistan and other countries in the region to enable a peace process and reconciliation and he hoped that all regional countries would participate in peace efforts.
Earlier, in his preliminary remarks at the Warsaw summit Stoltenberg said that the summit was a land mark opportunity in which important decision on how to strengthen the defence and deterrence of the member-states.
“We meet at a time which is decisive for our shared security. And NATO will once again send a very clear message that we are here to protect and defend all Allies in a new and more challenging security environment,” he said.
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