It is my great pleasure to join you all here today. Secretary General Stoltenberg, thank you for your kind invitation, and more broadly for your dedicated leadership of NATO’s support and assistance for Afghanistan.
Alongside your predecessors, you have led an effort that is instrumental in helping the people of Afghanistan shape a new future for their country.
I am delighted to be in the presence of this collective group of partner countries and organizations, who have supported us in our quest for peace, stability and democracy.
Over the past fifteen years, we have made substantial gains together in various domains, which have improved the lives of our people across Afghanistan, and enabled them to stand confident in securing a peaceful and prosperous future.
The Warsaw NATO Summit in July marked a milestone in the start of a new phase of our strategic partnership with our NATO partners.
Taking this opportunity, I reiterate the appreciation of the people and Government of Afghanistan for NATO’s renewed commitment to continue national contributions for the financial sustainment of our Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, until the end of 2020.