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Jens Stoltenberg: NATO Commits to Support Afghanistan Security Efforts Beyond 2017

Jens Stoltenberg

Jens Stoltenberg, NATO secretary general, said that the alliance has committed to continue supporting Afghanistan and its forces through 2017 and beyond, DoD News reported Thursday.

The report noted that approximately 39 countries will collaborate to help boost security in Afghanistan through the delivery of funding assistance for Afghan security forces and the deployment of troops under the Resolute Support Mission.

NATO member states have planned to increase military spending in response to President Donald Trump’s recommendation for allies to spend more for national defense.

“We count on our Afghan partners to make good on their commitments, including: key reforms on good governance and the rule of law, fighting corruption and protecting the rights of women and girls,” said Stoltenberg.

Stoltenberg discussed the impact of burden-sharing at NATO summits in Wales and Warsaw wherein allies have agreed to spend two percent of gross domestic products on security technologies.

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