We will continue to support Afghan security forces : NATO chief
Ahead of the Brussels Conference, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance had been in Afghanistan for many years, together with the European Union and international community.
Efforts of the international community to promote development and NATO’s endeavor to strengthen Afghanistan’s security went hand in hand, he told reporters in the Belgian capital.
“Without security there can be no lasting development, and without development there can be no lasting security,” the secretary-general remarked.
The alliance would have around 13,000 troops in Afghanistan besides continuing to fund the Afghan army and security forces to 2020, the official added.
He also referred to Taliban’s increasing attacks in Kunduz and Helmand provinces, stressing the importance of training the local forces.
“Enabling them to take full responsibility for the security in their own country, we will continue to support them because we have seen that there are challenges and threats.
“We have also seen that Taliban is still present in Afghanistan and therefore we have to continue to support the Afghan army and security forces,” Stoltenberg concluded.
later adressing conference participants, the Secretary General paid tribute to the bravery of Afghan security forces and all those serving as part of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission. He encouraged the international community to continue to support the government of Afghanistan and urged the Afghan leadership to stand strong and united, and implement necessary reforms.
Focusing on recent peace efforts, Mr. Stoltenberg said he was greatly encouraged by the agreement between the Afghan Government and Hezb-i-Islami. “This is an important step forward in the peace and reconciliation process and essential for a credible long-term peace deal,” he added.
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