NATO’s new pledges give hope to Afghans: experts
NATO member states during their just concluded summit in Warsaw, the Polish capital, promised they will help fund the Afghan forces to the tune of about $1 billion annually until 2020.
Javid Kohistani, a military expert, told Pajhwok Afghan News that NATO offered its new pledges to Afghanistan at a time when the country was facing political and security problems.
“Security forces are in need of more support, equipment and training from our international allies, this support to Afghan forces is very effective in dealing with extremist and terrorist groups who are active here,” he said.
Kohistani added the NATO’s Resolute Support mission and cooperation with Afghanistan, particularly with Afghan forces, could help stabilize Afghanistan and reduce threats and concerns about the future of Afghans.
“The promises of cooperation with Afghanistan will restore trust of investors and traders and will prevent the youth from fleeing the country, this is a positive step that can help develop the country,” he said.
Abdul Hadi Khalid, another military expert, also said new NATO pledges towards Afghanistan were hope- giving and optimistic.
“This new step can increase Afghans’ optimism and hope for future of Afghanistan, law enforcement and democracy as well as dealing with current threats,” he said.
He added NATO’s cooperation with Afghan forces also sent a message to the supporters of terrorism not to interfere in Afghanistan’s affairs and instead resolve issues through talks and negotiations.
“The new NATO pledges are very important for Afghanistan, particularly in its current poetical and security situation,” Khalid said.
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