Addressing a news conference on the second day of the defense ministers meeting in Brussels, Stoltenberg said: “UAE and Qatar are seeking to contribute to Resolute Support. Their presence is a strong symbol of global support for Afghanistan.”
However, he did not elaborated on the UAE and Qatar’s participation in NATO mission.
Stoltenberg, meanwhile, said that 27 other nations have also committed to increase troop numbers in the frame of the Resolute Support Mission in the coming months. “So the size of our Resolute Support Mission will increase, from around 13,000 to around 16,000 troops,” he said.
Describing the commitment and support of allies and partners critical to their progress, NATO Chief said that they will continue to support the “financial sustainment” of the Afghan security forces until at least 2020.
“In addition to the significant U.S. contribution, other NATO Allies and partners will continue to provide almost a billion U.S. dollars each year to the Afghan defence and security forces,” he said.
Commenting on Afghan security situation, Stoltenberg said that NATO will continue to support a peace and reconciliation process that is Afghan-led and Afghan-owned.
“Pakistan has a key role to play in ensuring the Taliban find no safe havens. And Afghanistan needs the constructive engagement of all its neighbours,” he said. ” Because peace and stability in Afghanistan means peace and stability in the whole region,” he added.