NATO Ministers boost troops for Afghan training mission


Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed today that NATO will increase its support for Afghanistan as part of its Resolute Support Mission.

The United States briefed on its new South Asia strategy, under which its troop numbers in Afghanistan have increased.  27 other nations have also said they will increase their troop numbers in the coming months. As a result, NATO’s Resolute Support Mission will increase from around 13,000 to around 16,000 troops. “I strongly welcome the strengthened commitment and support demonstrated by Allies and partners,” said the Secretary General.

Defence Ministers from NATO Allies and partner nations also confirmed they will continue the fund the Afghan security forces until at least 2020.  In addition to a significant financial contribution from the United States, “other NATO Allies and partners will continue to provide almost a billion US dollars each year to the Afghan defence and security forces,” added Mr Stoltenberg.

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Source: NATO