Stoltenberg: NATO will continue to fund ANDSF through 2024

A day ago, the international community, including 66 countries and 32 international organizations, gathered virtually to hold a meeting virtually on the funding and supporting Afghanistan. In this meeting, all the countries and donor organizations committed to fundraising and supporting the Afghan government to achieve their objectives.

One day ago (24 November 2020), NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also spoke virtually at the 2020 Afghanistan Donors’ Conference held in Geneva. As part of the peace process, Mr. Stoltenberg stated that we have already significantly adjusted Afghanistan’s NATO presence. However, the NATO mission will continue to train, advise and assist the Afghan security forces,” the Secretary-General said, stressing that “at the same time, we are committed to helping fund them through 2024, and NATO Allies have already made pledges for next year.”

Mr. Stoltenberg recalled in his message that “thanks to the courage of our forces, the generosity of many nations and organizations, and the bravery and determination of Afghan men and women, Afghanistan has come a long way, and Afghans do not want to go back to the past.” He stressed that “we should not risk losing the gains we have made, and we should not risk Afghanistan becoming once more a platform for international terrorists.”

The 2020 Afghanistan Conference is a ministerial pledging conference, co-hosted by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Government of Finland, and the United Nations. This international donor conference was held in a difficult situation in Afghanistan, as the peace talks are ongoing. Stell, there is no footprint for the future of these talks. Simultaneously, the Taliban has escalated their violence in which dozens of Afghan citizens are victimized during terrorist incidents daily. However, the NATO secretary-general states that this institution will continue to support Afghanistan to ensure that the recent 2 decades’ achievements would be protected.