NATO Secretary General on Wednesday addressed the last session of the NATO Foreign Ministers meeting. The session was dedicated to Afghanistan.
Stoltenberg started off by saying that his address also goes out to“ our partners in NATO’s Resolute Support Mission and the Afghan government”.
“At the Summit last July, we decided to strengthen our support to Afghanistan with more troops. To train, advise and assist the Afghan security forces, so they can create the conditions for peace and reconciliation” the NATO chief said.
He added that NATO has agreed to extend funding for the Resolute Support mission until 2024.
Although Stoltenberg said that the security situation in Afghanistan ‘remains difficult’, he assured that “We have seen a number of high-profile attacks in the past months.”
Appreciating and commending the Afghan forces, Stoltenberg said that “the Afghan forces stand firm, and so do we”.
NATO has over 15,000 troops in Afghanistan within the structure of Resolute Support Mission and their role is to primarily “assist, advise and train the Afghan security force”.
Referring to the importance of a stable Afghanistan he said “We are in Afghanistan to help the Afghan people, but we are also in Afghanistan to help ourselves. We are there to fight international terrorism. And to prevent Afghanistan from ever again becoming a safe haven for international terrorism. This is in our own interests.”
From Afghanistan’s side, the Afghan acting foreign minister Salahuddin Rabbani attended the conference.