NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has called on Afghanistan to sign a defense security agreement with the U.S. and NATO in order to avoid potential training mission setbacks beyond 2014, USA Today reported Tuesday.
David Jackson writes Rasmussen met with President Barack Obama to discuss issues facing Afghanistan and warned of “severe problems” if the Middle Eastern country fails to sign the pact by the time of NATO’s September summit in Wales.
“The secretary general’s visit underscores the vital importance the United States places on NATO as the cornerstone of our alliance with Europe,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said, according to the report.
USA Today reports that allegations of fraudulent poll results from the recent Afghan presidential election has caused delays to the signing of the security agreements with the U.S. and NATO.
Jackson writes Obama also called for a “thorough review of all reasonable allegations of fraud” without resorting to violence.