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NATO Summit sends strong message of commitment to Afghanistan

(This article expired 14.06.2013.)

Leaders from NATO's 28 nations and the 22 partners in the ISAF coalition gave Afghanistan a clear, long-term commitment to continue supporting the Afghan National Security Forces after the NATO-led ISAF mission is completed in 2014.

Leaders from NATO's 28 nations and the 22 partners in the ISAF coalition gave Afghanistan a clear, long-term commitment to continue supporting the Afghan National Security Forces after the NATO-led ISAF mission is completed in 2014.

Agreeing a NATO Strategic Plan for Afghanistan, the Heads of State decided on a new NATO-led mission which will focus on training, advising and assisting Afghan forces after they have assumed full security responsibility across the country by the end of 2014. This decision was taken at the invitation of the Afghan Government.

The 50 nations that make up the ISAF coalition were joined by the President Karzai from Afghanistan, leaders from Russia, Japan, Pakistan, Central Asian states and key international community partners from the UN and the EU. The presence of these 60 leaders and senior officials demonstrated the strength and depth of international support for the stability of Afghanistan for the years to come.
 
Allies and partners reinforced this decision with a commitment to support the long-term financial sustainability of the Afghan National Security Forces as part of a broader international effort. The responsibility to contribute to the financing of this effort is one for the international community as a whole, and NATO urged the international community to play its part. The Afghan Government is also playing its part.

In a joint declaration with NATO and ISAF, the Afghan Government confirmed its commitment to a stable, democratic, society, based on the rule of law, and good governance.  This includes the need to fight corruption and to protect human rights for all Afghans, including women.