NATO demonstrates its continued support and commitment to Afghanistan
General Petr Pavel, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee accompanying Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO Secretary General, along with other high level officials from NATO arrived yesterday evening in Kabul, Afghanistan to begin a two day visit.
During their first day in Kabul, the Chairman and the Secretary General met with the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the National Security Adviser, Mr. Mohammad Hanif Atmar, the NATO Senior Civilian Representative, Mr. Ismail Aramaz, the Commander of the Resolute Support Mission, General John Nicholson and senior Afghan government officials.
During discussions with General Nicholson and Resolute Support military officials, General Pavel gained a first-hand impression of the situation on the ground and received updates on Resolute Support activities and priorities. The Chairman was particularly interested in the ongoing development of the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF), stating that “the Afghan forces are making progress with our support. Last year was tough for the Afghan security forces but despite significant challenges, they took charge of security across the country. They are also making progress – confronting the insurgents, and denying them lasting gains.” Indeed, earlier in the day Acting Minister of Defence, Mr. Mohammed Stenekzai stressed the value of the leadership development being provided by Resolute Support personnel to the ANDSF. Subsequently, the Chairman discussed in detail the procedures and systems being developed to ensure the sustainability of the ANDSF.
NATO’s Resolute Support mission is currently its largest mission with approximately 12,000 personnel from both NATO and partner nations. Beyond providing training, advice and assistance to Afghan security forces, Allies and partner countries also play an important role in the broader international community’s support by contributing funds for the long-term financial sustainment of the Afghan security forces.