NATO Secretary General's reaction to President Obama's announcement on Afghanistan
I welcome President Obama’s announcement that the United States will maintain its current troop levels in Afghanistan through 2016 and will retain a substantial presence beyond 2016.<!IoRangePreExecute>
This important decision paves the way for a sustained presence by NATO Allies and partners in Afghanistan. It demonstrates the continued commitment by NATO Allies and our partners towards Afghanistan. In the coming weeks, the Alliance will take key decisions about the future scope of the Resolute Support Mission. The significant US contribution will be an important factor as we consider the way ahead.
The Afghan security forces continue to carry out their security responsibilities across the country, in a very challenging environment. So it's crucial that we continue to support them, practically and financially, to preserve the gains we have achieved in Afghanistan through our joint efforts over many years.