NATO leaders reaffirms continued support to Afghanistan
By Ghanizada - Thu Sep 04 2014, 9:26 pm
The two presidential candidates Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai were urged to work together to conclude the necessary security agreements and swiftly deliver a peaceful outcome of the election that is acceptable to Afghan people.
NATO leaders joined by ISAF partner countries also reaffirmed their readiness to launch a non-combat mission in Afghanistan beyond 2014 to help train, advise and assist Afghan national security forces.
NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, insisted that the bilateral security agreement between Kabul and Washington and the NATO Status of Forces Agreement should be signed as soon as possible.
“I cannot stress too strongly how important this is. Without a signature, there can be no mission. Our planning is complete but time is short,” Rasmussen said.
Rasmussen further added, “With the end of ISAF in December, we will change the nature and the scope of our involvement in Afghanistan. But our commitment will endure because stability in Afghanistan also means security for us.”
The post-2014 Resolute Support Mission is one of the three pillars of NATO’s long-term engagement in Afghanistan, along with a contribution to the long-term sustainment of the Afghan National Army and the strengthening of long-term political and practical cooperation with Afghanistan.
The importance of continued support by the international community and sustained efforts by the government of Afghanistan were also underlined during the meeting.
It was insisted that the Afghan government sustain efforts, notably in continuing to increase its financial accountability and contribution, improve governance and rule of law, promote and protect human rights for all.
The meeting was also attended by Afghan defense minister Bismillah Khan Mohammadi, leaders from Japan, Central Asian states, as well as representatives from key international community partners from the United Nations and the European Union.