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9 Nov. 2017

NATO Ministers boost troops for Afghan training mission

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed today that NATO will increase its support for Afghanistan as part of its Resolute Support Mission.

9 Nov. 2017

NATO Defence Ministers agree to adapt command structure, boost Afghanistan troop levels

Defence Ministers agreed today (9 November 2017) to increase the size of NATO’s Resolute Support training mission in Afghanistan from around 13,000 to roughly 16,000 personnel. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg made the announcement at the end of a two-day meeting of the Alliance's Defence Ministers in Brussels. Mr Stoltenberg welcomed the fact that “Afghan forces are making progress, even though the situation remains very challenging.” Ministers also agreed on the importance of funding for the Afghan security forces, and welcomed Afghanistan’s intention to make further progress on reforms and reconciliation.

11 Oct. 2017

NATO Deputy Secretary General discusses women’s rights with Afghan First Lady

NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller met with the First Lady of Afghanistan, Rula Ghani in Brussels on Wednesday (11 October 2017) for talks on challenges facing Afghan women, and how to advance their rights. Ms Gottemoeller thanked Mrs Ghani for her leadership on women’s issues, including by promoting changes to give women a greater role in the Afghan security forces.

28 Sep. 2017

Secretary General wraps up visit to Afghanistan, stresses NATO’s enduring support

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg concluded a two-day visit to Afghanistan on Thursday (28 September 2017), following a visit to NATO’s headquarters for southern Afghanistan. The Secretary General received operational briefings from senior military leaders at NATO’s Train Advise and Assist Command in Kandahar, and addressed troops from Allied and partner countries together with General Nicholson, the Commander of the NATO-led Resolute Support mission.

27 Sep. 2017

Secretary General visits Kabul with Secretary Mattis, stresses NATO’s enduring support for Afghanistan

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is currently visiting Afghanistan, together with US Secretary of Defense James Mattis. Speaking alongside President Ashraf Ghani and Secretary Mattis on Wednesday (27 September 2017), Mr. Stoltenberg stressed NATO’s support for the Afghan people, for the government’s reforms, and for an Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process.

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.”

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