Kabul-Afghanistan (PMG):

Reporter: Follad Ahangaran

NATO, after reassessing its funding, decided to extend the military aid to Afghanistan by 2024, according to the NATO. The decision was taken yesterday for the Afghan security forces when the NATO Assistance Fund was revised, the NATO’s reports have stated. Although the NATO treaty was pledged at the WARSA summit to fund Afghanistan in the military sector until 2020, the Secretary-General of NATO states that the member states have decided to extend this assistance for the next five years as well to help Afghan forces to fight against insurgents.

“In the framework of the Chicago Summit in 2012, the international community committed to supporting the Afghan security forces beyond the end of the 2014 transition period and pledged funding for 2015 to 2017. At the Warsaw Summit in 2016, nations agreed to continue the financial support for the sustainment of the Afghan security forces until 2020.  Last year, at the Brussels summit, donors agreed to extend their funding support through 2024,” said Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General said.

At the same time, NATO emphasizes its continuing support for the Afghan security and defense forces. Currently, the country’s security and defense forces, in addition to the Taliban’s fight against foreign fighters and the newly formed Islamic State, which are mostly from Pakistan and regional countries.

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