“We have achieved a lot, but not without cost. and I want to pay particular tribute to the sacrifice made by American forces in Afghanistan,” the Secretary General said.
He stressed that “the electoral process in Afghanistan must run its course to a transparent and credible conclusion. This is vital for the future of Afghanistan and for continued international support.”
Rasmussen met with the US President Barack Obama on Tuesday and discussed the situation in Afghanistan and preparations for NATO Summit in Wales.
At the Wales Summit, Allies will also turn a new page in Afghanistan. NATO will at the end of this year complete its longest combat mission and has already started to prepare to train, advise, and assist the Afghan forces after 2014.
The summit will be attended by heads of state and senior officials in the international community along with senior Afghan government officials including the Afghan president.