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Future support for Afghanistan to be discussed: NATO chief

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Addressing a pre-ministerial press conference in Brussels on Wednesday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the alliance foreign ministers due to meet on Thursday and Friday where they discuss future support for Afghanistan.

“We will discuss our future support for Afghanistan, including plans for our Resolute Support mission, and continued financial support for the Afghan security forces,” he said.

“Our ministerial meeting will begin exactly fifty days before we meet at our Summit in Warsaw in July.”

“The allies and partners would take necessary decisions to protect their citizens at home and to project stability beyond their borders at the Warsaw summit,” he said.

Stable Afghanistan is important not only for Afghanistan itself, but also important for NATO, he said.

According to him, NATO’s biggest operation has been in Afghanistan and that the organization has paid a high price. “It has been a huge investment.”

“The idea of training local forces to keep their country safe is an idea initiated in Afghanistan,” he said.

He furthered that ministerial meeting would also shed lights on several issues high on the agenda and which were important for their security.

“Ministerial meeting would also discuss what more NATO could do to support Iraq,” he said, adding that several hundred Iraqi officers in Jordan, were already received military training.

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