Aimal Faizi, spokesman for President Hamid Karazi, has told AFP that defense minister Bismillah Mohammadi might attend the NATO Summit in Wales if the next elected president was not declared before the start of the summit.
“We are preparing to send the minister of defence to the NATO summit to represent the Afghan government,” Faizi said.
He also added, “If the president-elect is declared just before the summit and we do not have time for the inauguration, then the president-elect will be given an authorisation letter by the current president to attend.”
The summit will take place on 4-5 September and will be one of the largest gatherings of world leaders the United Kingdom has ever hosted.
The security situation in Afghanistan is expected to be one of the main issues which will discussed during the NATO Summit in Wales, as the alliance is preparing to end the combat mission in Afghanistan.
The alliance is set to decide on a follow-up support mission in Afghanistan widely seen as crucial to maintaining fragile nationwide stability.
NATO’s continued funding for the Afghan national security forces, who are struggling to hold back the Taliban, will also be confirmed during the summit.