NATO discusses “Enduring Partnership” with Afghanistan beyond RS in Antalya

(Last Updated On: May 12, 2015)


Pre-ministerial press conference by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is going to discuss their role in Afghanistan beyond the Resolute Support Mission by 2017 in Antalya foreign ministers meeting.

Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General who was speaking in a pre-ministerial press conference, which takes place in Antalya of Turkey, has emphasized on NATO key role in Afghanistan for the future.

“I expect we will decide to maintain a presence in Afghanistan even after the end of our current mission to train, advice and assist the Afghan security forces,” he has said.

He has stressed on the importance of Afghan security forces role for bringing stability to Afghanistan since Afghan forces have taken the security responsibility and vows for continued support.

In response to a Japanese News Agency about the need for a new support beyond the Resolute Support Mission (RSM) he responded that “we have not decided formally how long the Resolute Support Mission will last” only “the United States has announced clearly that they will end its participation in the RSM by the end of 2016.

NATO Foreign ministers will discuss in Antalya for their role after the RSM ended and according to Mr. Stoltenberg NATO has already decided to establish a long-term partnership with Afghanistan calling it the “Enduring Partnership”.

But he declares that NATO has not decided about the content of this partnership yet, and they will make the final decisions on the scope at the NATO Summit in July next year in Warsaw.

Reported by: Milad Sekandary

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