Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah have also participated in this session in which important decisions will be taken on their country.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg who was speaking with the reporters ahead of the summit said he expect the heads of states and governments to make three important decisions on Afghanistan.
“First, to continue our military presence, not with combat forces, but with a train, assist and advise mission. so we will continue to train, assist and advise the Afghan national army and security forces,” he said,” Second, I expect them to make decisions on continued funding of the national Afghan forces.”
Further to these commitments to train, assist and advise Afghan forces in the Resolute Support format, NATO reaffirmed its long-term commitment to Afghanistan also.
“Third our expect from the heads of states and governments is also to reconfirm our long-term political partnership and cooperation with Afghanistan and all these three stance of work are important for us helping Afghanistan, stabilize and secure their own country and also to fight terrorism in Afghanistan and prevent Afghanistan for once again become a safe haven for international terrorists,” he added.
When he was asked on Afghan stalled peace process with the Taliban insurgent group and the role of Pakistan by Ariana News correspondent, said” I welcome the efforts by Afghan government to engage with the Pakistan and other countries and reach to enable peace process and reconciliation and of course I would like to see all countries in the region participate in these efforts”.
Earlier this week Obama announced that he expected to leave 8400 American troops in Afghanistan until the end of his term.
Reported by: Sharif Hassanyar