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NATO Secretary General welcomes Afghan transition announcement

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Ahmad Shah Ghanizada
Ahmad Shah Ghanizada
Ahmadshah Ghanizada is the deputy editor in chief for The Khaama Press Agency who manages and overlooks the English edition.

130618a-006NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Tuesday said NATO welcomes the announcement of fifth and final phase of security transition from coalition forces to Afghan national security forces, The NatoChannel reported.

The Secretary General said, “I welcome President Karzai’s announcement of the fifth and final group of Afghan provinces, cities and districts to undergo transition in the coming months. This decision marks an important milestone, when Afghan soldiers and police will take the lead for security across the country.”

Rasmussen said, “This is a day of pride for all Afghans and the 50 nations which contribute to ISAF. At the Lisbon Summit in 2010, we set out an ambitious roadmap with the Afghan Government to gradually hand over responsibility for security to the Afghan forces by the end of 2014. And today is an important marker for the success of that strategy.”

“As Afghan forces step forward, ISAF’s role will shift from combat to support. We will no longer plan, execute or lead combat operations. By the end of 2014 our combat mission will be completed, and a new mission will begin. Together with our partners, we are planning to continue to train, advise and assist the Afghan forces. And NATO will also play its part in the broader international efforts to ensure the long-term sustainment of the Afghan security forces. NATO and Afghanistan, along with our partners, will continue this journey together, based on a new relationship that will remain strong for the years to come.”

ISAF commander Gen. Joseph Dunford also said, “On behalf of all members of ISAF, I want to congratulate the people of Afghanistan on reaching Milestone 2013.

On this historic occasion, the Afghan people take a monumental step forward as the Afghan National Security forces take the lead for security across the country. No longer are the Afghan people reliant on coalition forces to provide security. Afghan soldiers and police are now protecting fellow Afghans.

With the announcement of Tranche 5, we are entering the final phase of security transition. This is a cause for celebration, not apprehension. While the nature of our relationship is changing, the commitment of the international community to the people of Afghanistan remains resolute and enduring.

Two weeks ago, the NATO defense ministers approved the concept for a new mission in Afghanistan beginning in 2015. The details of this new mission, called Resolute Support, will be developed in the coming months.

Challenges lie ahead. But today’s announcement recognizes the ability of a sovereign Afghanistan to meet those challenges. The Afghan people will see their sons and daughters providing security. The enemies of Afghanistan will see a capable, credible force.”

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