Opening remarks

by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the meeting of the North Atlantic Council in Foreign Ministers’ Session with Resolute Support Operational Partner Nations

  • 20 May. 2016 -
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  • Last updated: 20 May. 2016 12:08

(As delivered)

Good afternoon.

I think we are ready to start and welcome to all of you and welcome to this meeting on Afghanistan and the Resolute Support Operational Partners. If you all are able to find your seats, we can start that meeting.

When we last met, we did so in the shadow of the Paris attacks.

Since then, we have experienced further attacks in Ankara and here in Brussels. The threat of international terrorism remains serious.

For more than a decade, NATO and partner forces have worked hand-in-hand with our Afghan partners to deny terrorists safe haven in Afghanistan. The security situation in Afghanistan remains challenging.

But much progress is being made. Every day, Afghan forces show bravery and professionalism. And we will continue to support them.

Our Resolute Support Mission provides crucial training, advice and assistance to the Afghan defence and security forces. Today we will review our preparations for the Warsaw Summit meeting on Afghanistan. And how we continue to support Afghanistan – politically, militarily and financially.

We will discuss how we sustain Resolute Support beyond 2016.

We will discuss our continued financial support for Afghan security forces in the years ahead.

And we will reaffirm our shared ambition for an enduring political and practical partnership.

To promote security, human rights and the rule of law for the people of Afghanistan.

That concludes my public opening remarks. 

I thank the representatives of the media for being with us and then we will very soon continue with the next part of the meeting.