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22 Aug. 2017

NATO Secretary General welcomes new US South Asia strategy

I welcome President Trump’s new, conditions-based approach to Afghanistan and the region. NATO remains fully committed to Afghanistan and I am looking forward to discussing the way ahead with Secretary Mattis and our Allies and international partners.

10 Aug. 2017

NATO Commander pays tribute to Afghanistan’s team heading to the Invictus Games

A torch lighting ceremony has been held in Kabul to honour Afghanistan’s team due to participate in the Invictus Games in Toronto (23 – 30 September 2017). The team of seven will compete with injured military personnel from around the world. The commander of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission, General John W. Nicholson, said the team of Afghans “represent a better future.”

3 Aug. 2017

Statement by the NATO Secretary General on an attack in Kandahar

I strongly condemn yesterday's attack on a NATO convoy in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan, which left two US soldiers dead and four more wounded. I offer my sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of the fallen, and wish a speedy recovery to the injured.

13 Jul. 2017

Fostering strategic leadership and interagency coordination across the Afghan security sector

This summer marked the successful conclusion of an important venture launched with Afghanistan in 2010. Its aim was to advance a strategic culture of interagency coordination and cooperation across the security sector. Over the years, more than 100 senior and mid-level Afghan academics and leaders have participated in related workshops and courses.

29 Jun. 2017

NATO builds on its support for Afghanistan

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed on Thursday (29 June 2017) that NATO will increase its support for the Afghan security forces. NATO’s Resolute Support Mission helps train, assist and advise the Afghans to make their country more secure, and ensure it never again becomes a safe haven for international terrorists. The Secretary General said NATO was reconfirming its “enduring commitment to Afghanistan.”

19 May. 2017

NATO Allies and partners reaffirm their Warsaw commitments to sustainable security in Afghanistan and to their strong partnership with Afghanistan

NATO Allies and operational partners contributing to the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission met today (19 May 2017), at NATO Headquarters, to review ongoing efforts in support to the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) and long-term stability in Afghanistan.

2 May. 2017

NATO and partners firmly committed to continue supporting the financial sustainment of the Afghan Security Forces

NATO Allies and partners, together with representatives of the donors’ community, reaffirmed their long-term commitment to continue supporting the financial sustainment of the Afghan security forces, at the plenary meeting of the Afghan National Army (ANA) Trust Fund Board, today (Tuesday, 2 May 2017). Participants discussed the Trust Fund’s achievements in 2016 and 2017, the plans for 2018, the coordination with the donor community in Afghanistan, and the implementation of auditing arrangements. They also discussed the ongoing coordination in Afghanistan between the Afghan authorities and the various funding streams, including the Afghan National Army Trust Fund itself, the Law and Order Trust Fund for the Afghan Police (administered by the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP), the budgetary contributions of the Afghan Government, the bilateral contributions provided, especially the bilateral Afghan Security Forces Fund of the United States, and possible additional adaptations of the ANA Trust Fund aimed at improving joint training and interoperability of the Afghan security forces in key areas, such as medical support, explosive ordnance disposal, and counter-IEDs, amongst others.

10 Apr. 2017

Promoting civilian oversight of the Afghan armed forces

A pilot course on civilian oversight of the armed forces involving Afghan experts was hosted by the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy (ADA) University in Baku, from 3 to 7 April 2017. The course was conducted by Afghanistan’s Marshal Fahim National Defence University (MFNDU) with the support of NATO, the Romanian National Defence University “Carol I” and the Bulgarian “G.S. Rakovski” National Defence College.

16 Jan. 2017

Central Asian experts discuss energy security issues

A conference entitled “25 Years of Independence: Energy Security Issues in Central Asia and Beyond” took place in Ashgabat on 14-15 December 2016 with the participation of experts from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The event in Turkmenistan provided an opportunity to reflect on security challenges and regional cooperation strategies in particular in the energy sector.

7 Dec. 2016

NATO reaffirms commitment to Afghanistan's long term stability

NATO Foreign Ministers concluded two days of meetings on Wednesday (7 December 2016) with a meeting on Afghanistan, together with Resolute Support Mission partners and Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani. Following the meeting, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stressed that both sides "reaffirmed our mutual commitments". Allies and partners will continue to support Afghanistan through the Resolute Support Mission and through funding, while the Afghan government will remain committed to reform.

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