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NATO eyes post-Resolute Support mission presence: Stoltenberg

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Considering NATO’s important role in Afghanistan’s stability in past decade, the alliance is mulling to maintain its presence in the country even after the end of the Resolute Support (RS) mission in order to train, advice and assist the Afghan security forces, said a statement by the coalition on Tuesday.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in the statement that they will discuss ways to strengthen their partnership with Afghanistan for the future. The statement comes ahead of the Foreign Ministerial Meeting of NATO which will take place in Antalya, Turkey.

“Afghan soldiers and police have been doing great job since they took responsibility for security at start of this year. But they will continue to need support and we will continue to stand with them,” The NATO secretary general pledged.

According to a NATO official, a two-day NATO foreign ministers’ meeting will kick-off from tomorrow (Wednesday) in Turkey to discuss recent security situation of Afghanistan, a NATO official said.

The Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, representatives of UNAMA, European Union and externa affairs ministers of Korea and Japan will attend the meeting.

It is said that the first day of the meeting has been specified for Afghanistan wherein the foreign minister will brief the participants about recent situation of the country.

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