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NATO leaders expected to extend funding for Afghan forces beyond 2020: Stoltenberg

10 Jul 2018 1TV News

NATO leaders are expected to extend funding for Afghan forces beyond 2020, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday ahead of the alliance's summit in Brussels.

At the summit, NATO leaders are also expected to express support for President Ghani’s peace initiative and reform effort, according to Stoltenberg.

He said that NATO allies are increasing their commitment to Afghanistan both in forces and funding. He noted that NATO has added around 3,000 more trainers to its mission in Afghanistan.

“Our presence in Afghanistan is vital to ensuring the country never again becomes a safe haven for international terrorism,” he said.

He also said that the purpose of NATO’s military presence in Afghanistan is to create conditions for a peaceful negotiated solution.

“Taliban have to understand that they will not win on the battlefield and they have to sit down and then talk with the Ghani government and find a political solution,” Stoltenberg said.

This is NATO’s 29th summit. Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah are off to the event.

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