Britain will keep 450 troops in Afghanistan until 2017 and will deploy a further 50 personnel to provide additional mentoring for the Afghan security forces, the British Prime Minister David Cameron said.
Cameron made the announcement at a press conference on the final day of the NATO Summit in Warsaw on Saturday.
“NATO has an important role to play beyond its borders, helping to prevent countries becoming a safe haven for terrorists who can threaten us here at home. That is what we did in Afghanistan and today we’ve reaffirmed our collective commitment to support a more secure and stable future for that country,” he said.
He added: “We’ll keep 450 troops there into 2017 and we’ll deploy a further 50 personnel to provide additional mentoring, particularly for the Afghan air force.
This comes after allies from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on Saturday formally extended their support for the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), days after U.S President Barack Obama decided to keep thousands of American troops in Afghanistan.
In outlining the agenda for the first day of NATO’s head of states summit in Warsaw, Poland, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance was firmly committed to doing whatever it can to strengthen war capabilities of the conventional forces in Afghanistan.
In return, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah vowed to fulfill their commitments, bring reforms and fight the endemic corruption in public offices.