“Allies and partners are also adding three thousand more trainers to the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan, helping prevent Afghanistan from ever again becoming a safe haven for international terrorism. Afghanistan has taught us that prevention is better than intervention,” said NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.
In the meantime, the Spain defense minister, María Dolores de Cospedal has vowed for more efforts in strengthening Afghan security forces.
“We participate in Resolute Support in Afghanistan which will precisely be reinforce in 2019 with the new needs for training of the Afghan national army,” said Spanish minister Cospedal.
NATO allies have already promised almost $3 billion to help the United States fund the Afghan military until 2020, which is developing an air force to complement its ground forces.
NATO particularly wants to train more Afghan special operations forces, which are key to countering Taliban insurgents and extremist groups undermining the weak central government in Kabul.
The alliance also wants to help build up the country’s fledgling air force and train pilots. Another aim is to improve officer leadership standards.