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NATO vows to continue supporting Afghan forces till 2020: NATO Chief

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AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told newsmen after Defense Ministers meeting in Brussels that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization member states reiterated Friday commitments to continue its support from the Afghan government and provide financial assistance to its security forces until the end of 2020.

However, Afghanistan was not the main point to be discussed by NATO member states, but the NATO head told reporters that Afghanistan’s situation was also discussed in the meeting.

“The NATO member states had agreed to continue helping Afghan security forces in three areas of training, advising and equipping because these three elements were important for the stability of Afghanistan,” he said.

“They would continue looking at the situation in Afghanistan, would work closely with Afghan security forces until the country got stabilized,” the top NATO official said.

“Afghan security forces have enhanced their abilities as they were in charge of the entire country’s security affairs. They have made positive development and proved that they were fully capable of responding to the Taliban and other insurgents’ attacks,” said Stoltenberg.

He added that militants may intensify their attacks in 2016 as President Ghani already pointed out to the issue.  “We would stand by Afghan security forces knowing that situation was not good there, but we have trust in Afghan security forces that they could defend their country and improve law and order,” he said.

Nevertheless, the pledge to support Afghan security forces come at time when President Ashraf Ghani said that success on the battle and political fields would be achieved by the Afghanistan’s government.  He said this at the Afghanistan Air Force readiness performance program the other day. President Ghani once again assured people that their hope for security would be changed to a reality. Hinting to the Afghan forces sacrifices, President Ghani said that sacrifices rendered by the government forces will not be ignored in any front.