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NATO foreign ministers expected to outline future support to Afghanistan

nato-summitThe NATO Foreign Ministers are expected to outline the future support of the alliance to Afghanistan during the upcoming foreign ministerial in Brussels.

“On 20 May 2016, our Foreign Ministers will meet with their Resolute Support partners and the Afghan Foreign Minister,” said a NATO official.
The official further added that the meeting will take place less than two months before the Warsaw Summit.
“We expect Ministers to outline our future support for Afghanistan, along three strands of activities, through our commitment to sustain the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan security forces and institutions beyond 2016,” the official said.
The official also added that the alliance expect to continue to support the financial sustainment of the Afghan security forces, including through 2020; and to develop a long-term strong political partnership and practical cooperation with Afghanistan.
This comes as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and partners reaffirmed commitment to support financial sustainment of the Afghan National Security Forces at plenary meeting of the Afghan National Army Trust Fund Board last Wednesday.
During the meeting announcements were made of continued financial support for the sustainment of the Afghan security forces up to 2020.
“I am confident that we will be in a position to announce at the Warsaw Summit, that we have firm commitments to support the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces for the period up to 2020,” NATO Secretary General highlighted.
In December last year, NATO and Resolute Support Partner Foreign Ministers agreed to work towards national decisions to be announced at, or prior to, the Warsaw Summit confirming financial commitments to support the Afghan security forces until 2020.