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NATO-led Mission in Afghanistan to Continue Beyond 2016 as Voted by Foreign Ministers

military in trainingResolute Support foreign ministers have agreed to continue the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan beyond 2016 to assist in the stabilization efforts of the country through political, military and financial support.

Ministers had also reviewed the financial support to the Afghan security forces with $1.4 billion U.S. dollars in the Afghan National Army Trust Fund, NATO said Friday.

“The Afghan forces are showing real courage, determination, and professionalism; and they are benefitting from our training, advice and assistance; but Afghanistan continues to face serious security challenges,” said Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General.

“That is why today, ministers agreed to sustain the Resolute Support mission beyond 2016. Our military authorities will now address the details of the mission beyond 2016, including in the regions of Afghanistan.”

The Afghan foreign minister updated the ministers on the Afghan National Unity Government’s efforts to stop corruption, uphold human rights and advance the peace process.

Stoltenberg added, “I am confident that we will be able to announce at the Warsaw Summit firm commitments to continue funding the Afghan forces through the year 2020.”

“This is critical for Afghanistan’s ability to build sustainable security forces and ensure Afghanistan’s lasting security. Ministers also reaffirmed our long-term ambition for a strong political partnership and practical cooperation with Afghanistan.”

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