Afghan Leaders Off To Poland For Warsaw Summit

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah, left the country on Thursday to attend the NATO heads of state summit in Warsaw, Poland.

The two-day summit begins on Friday where Afghanistan is the first item on the agenda on the second day.

From the point of view of Afghanistan, this is an important summit where Kabul will secure funding for the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) as well as troop commitments for NATO’s support mission in the country.

The leaders of the 28 NATO Allies and many partner nations will take decisions to strengthen the Alliance’s security by bolstering its own deterrence and defense. It also intends to project stability beyond the borders of member states.

A press release issued by the Chief Executive’s office said that Kabul expects resolute support from NATO member countries in the war against terrorism and for assisting the Afghan security forces, the Afghan Air Force in particular.

The National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar said earlier this week that Afghanistan will call on NATO member countries to provide it with a comprehensive five-year financial and military assistance program to support in its fight against terrorism.

He said that Afghanistan’s requests from the international community include financial support of Afghan National Defense and Security Forces and for re-equipping the Afghan Air Force.

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