NATO Assures Continued Support to Afghanistan

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KABUL: Secretary-General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg has said that the alliance would end its military mission in Afghanistan but would continue its support for the war-torn country.

 “The drawdown of our forces is progressing in an orderly and coordinated way. And at every step, the safety of our personnel remains paramount. We are ending our military mission, but we are not ending our support to the Afghans,” Stoltenberg said during a press conference following the meeting of the North Atlantic Council Defense Ministers’ session on Tuesday.

He said that the meeting discussed the way forward that NATO would continue its civilian diplomatic presence in Afghanistan as well as provide advice and capacity-building support to Afghan security institutes.

“We are also looking at how we can provide military education and training outside Afghanistan, focused on Special Operations Forces. And we are working on how to fund the provision of services enabling Allies and the international community to stay in Kabul, including support for the airport,” he added.

Stoltenberg said that the council’s defense ministers meeting agreed that continued support was the best way where all could contribute to peace efforts in Afghanistan.