NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels endorsed the Alliance’s follow-on post-combat mission in Afghanistan, according to a
release. They came together on June 25 on the “detailed operational
plan” for Resolute Support, the NATO-led mission to train, advise, and
assist Afghan security forces that will commence once the current ISAF
concludes at the end of the year, said NATO Secretary General Anders
Fogh Rasmussen. However, the Afghans must take the next step by signing
the follow-on security agreements that will allow NATO troops to remain
in the country, he
said. The Alliance has not decided on the exact figures for the Resolute
Support force, but there have been “concrete announcements” from
several countries committing to the future mission, said Rasmussen at a press conference
later that same day. A force-generation conference is scheduled for the
beginning of July, where the announcement of final troop commitments
should occur, he said. “This will not only be a US mission,” said
Rasmussen. “Other allies and partners will contribute and some of them
in a quite significant manner,” he said.
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