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22nd July 2018

NATO leaders to discuss extension of Afghan forces funding beyond 2020


NATO leaders to discuss extension of Afghan forces funding beyond 2020

The NATO leaders meeting will kick off in Brussels today to hold talks regarding the deterrence and defence, stepping up the fight against terrorism, and and achieving fairer burden-sharing.

The NATO leaders will also hold talks regarding the extension of the Afghan forces funding beyond 2020.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters on Tuesday “We will close the Summit with a meeting on Afghanistan, joined by our Resolute Support partners.”

He said “Our presence in Afghanistan is vital to ensuring the country never again becomes a safe haven for international terrorism.”

According to Stoltenberg “And Allies are increasing their commitment, both in forces and funding.”

“We have added around 3,000 more trainers to our mission,” he said, adding that “At the Summit, I expect we will also agree to extend funding for the Afghan forces beyond 2020.”

Stoltenberg also added that the NATO leaders express full support for President Ghani’s bold peace initiative and his government’s reforms.

Source: Khama

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