NATO has discussed Its role in projecting stability and the fight against terrorism, and the plan of increasing troops for their “training mission” in Afghanistan, the alliance’s Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday.
“We have increased our contributions in the fight against terrorism. We remain committed to our training mission in Afghanistan,” Stoltenberg said at the start of the meeting of the North Atlantic Council on projecting stability and fighting terrorism at the level of NATO Foreign Ministers. “We are adding three thousand more troops.”
Thanking the Georgia’s contributions to Euro-Atlantic security, particularity the Georgian military service, following the meeting of the NATO-Georgia Commission, NATO Secretary General said the alliance partnership with Georgia is outstanding. “Our forces serve side by side in Afghanistan and train side by side in Georgia.”
Trump’s strategy in Afghanistan, unveiled in August, rests on providing more troops with the support of NATO allies.
“We have seen – and I’ve been so impressed by the number of small countries that have been willing to step up and provide their forces, even when they’re limited forces, to places like Afghanistan, to Syria, to Iraq,” the U.S. State Department Spokesman Heather Nauert said Wednesday.
“If those countries are, in fact, providing those forces, I would say thank you. Thank you on behalf of the U.S. government,” she added.
The fresh NATO personnel will not have a combat role but the alliance hopes more soldiers can train the Afghan army and air force to complement the U.S. strategy to send more American counter-terrorism troops to the country.