NATO Plenary Meet: ANA Trust Fund a Priority

At the plenary meeting of the Afghan National Army Trust Fund Board on Tuesday, at NATO Headquarters, the NATO Allies and partners confirmed their steadfast support to the financial sustainment of the Afghan security forces to discuss and stress their commitment to supporting Afghan security forces.

In a statement released by NATO, it was pointed out that “Together with representatives of the donors’ community, the board reviewed the Trust Fund management, implementation and performance; and they outlined future requirements”.

“In the framework of the Chicago Summit in 2012, the international community committed to supporting the Afghan security forces beyond the end of the 2014 transition period and pledged funding for 2015 to 2017. At the Warsaw Summit in 2016, nations agreed to continue the financial support for the sustainment of the Afghan security forces until 2020. Last year, at the Brussels summit, donors agreed to extend their funding support through 2024,” Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General said.

“It is difficult to overstate the political significance of the demonstration of long-term commitment by the international community to Afghanistan’s security and how much this commitment is influencing the Taliban’s considerations to enter into a discussion on a negotiated solution to the conflict in Afghanistan; and the Afghan National Army Trust Fund plays an important part in linking this international commitment with worthwhile projects that improve the capabilities of the Afghan forces and help keeping them in the fight,” Mr. Stoltenberg added.

Tuesday’s meeting, as per the statement, was evidence of strong and continued commitment to the financial support of the Afghan security forces, improving chances for a negotiated solution to the conflict and for peace that all Afghans demand, the NATO Secretary General highlighted.

As of 15 May 2019, total contributions made to the Trust Fund amount to 2.8 billion U.S. dollars. The ANA Trust Fund is open for contributions by the broader International Community.

The NATO-run Afghan National Army (ANA) Trust Fund is one of three funding streams used by the International Community to channel its financial support to Afghanistan’s security forces and institutions.

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