Afghanistan To Attend Warsaw With Five-Year Plan

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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, says National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar.

In the lead-up to the coming Warsaw Summit, he told a press conference on Monday Afghanistan’s requests from the international community include financial support of Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) and for re-equipping the Afghan Air Force.

It appears that NATO stands ready to assist Afghanistan in a comprehensive way.

NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, in a press conference in Brussels also on Monday, insisted on NATO financing the ANDSF for the upcoming five years.

“Afghanistan remains our largest operation. President Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah will join us in Warsaw. We are committed to assisting the Afghan forces to secure their country and to ensure it never again becomes a safe haven for international terrorism.

“We will continue our resolute Support mission beyond 2016. And we will continue our contribution to the funding of the Afghan forces until 2020,” Stoltenberg said.

“Afghan government’s submission to NATO will include its present efforts tackle the country’s problems. It will lay out progress made thus far, future plans, security related plans, the state of governance, peace and negotiations, economy, as well as social and cultural plans,” he said.

“We expect from the summit that the NATO member countries to finance the ANDSF at least for the next five years.”

Atmar also said that Pakistan’s role in fighting terror and support to terrorists will also be discussed at the Warsaw Summit.

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