NATO summit on Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan: We Continue to Support Afghanistan and its Armed Forces

Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, at the official invitation of NATO Secretary General, attended the NATO Summit on Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan. The summit was attended by more than 50 presidents, prime ministers, ministers, special envoys, ambassadors and representatives from international organizations at NATO headquarters under the title of “NATO Summit on Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan”.

At the summit, those who spoke on behalf of others were as following: Mr. Donald Trump, President of the United States, NATO Secretary General, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Chancellor of Germany, Prime Minister of Italy, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Georgia, Spanish Foreign Minister, Defense Minister of Australia, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, President of Polland, Romanian President, Prime Minister of Sweden, President of Azerbaijan, President of Ukraine, President of Croatia, representative of Armenia, representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina, representative of Finland, representative of Macedonia, Prime Minister of Denmark, President of the Republic of Czech, representative of Albania, Jordanian Minister of Defense, Canadian Defense Minister, representative of the South Korea, and representative of Japan.

The speakers expressed their strong support for the Afghan government and its achievements in recent years. At the meeting, NATO leaders and NATO allies emphasized on the following points:

• Full support for continuation of Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan

• Full support to the Afghan armed forces, reinforcement and equipping of armed forces, increased Special Forces, strengthening Afghan air forces and financing Afghan armed forces by 2024

• Support the US strategy on Afghanistan and South Asia

• Appreciating victims of the Afghan armed forces and coalition troops in Afghanistan

• Emphasis on holding a transparent, fair and valid election

• Support for efforts of peace led and owned by the Afghans

• Emphasis on fighting against terrorism and ISIS.

• Emphasis on ending terrorist sanctuaries and regional support for peace and stability in Afghanistan

• Requesting Pakistan to cooperate with Afghanistan in peace process

• Tackling anti-corruption efforts and reforms in Afghanistan and increasing Afghanistan's contribution to the armed forces budget

• Emphasis on protection of women's rights and their active presence in the government and structure of the regime.

• Continuation of international aid for Afghanistan's development and progress

The summit ended its meeting with strong support from Afghanistan, and a clear message to the Taliban and to the terrorists as well as regional countries that NATO and its allies would remain in Afghanistan until making peace and stability in the country and would continue its support for Afghanistan and never let Afghanistan once again turn into the center of terrorism.

The Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan congratulated the Afghan people on strong support of international community and appreciated NATO leaders and allies of Afghanistan for their support from the people, the government and the armed forces of Afghanistan.