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NATO Views Situation Critical, Pledges Continued Aid

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NATO-summit-2016NATO will continue to provide support to Afghanistan in its attempt to improve the nation's security situation, mend rule of law and promote human rights, said the organization's secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday.


Addressing a press conference in Brussels after a two-day NATO foreign minister meeting, Stoltenberg said the alliance will continue its support to the Afghan government in a bid to overcome issues facing the country and renew NATO's military and financial cooperation to Afghanistan beyond 2016.
Stoltenberg also outlined the significance of NATO heads of states summit in Warsaw in July and said that at the summit, alliance leaders will approve NATO commitments to Afghanistan.
"Today we will review our preparations for Warsaw Summit meeting on Afghanistan and how we continue to support Afghanistan politically, militarily and financially. We will discuss our sustained Resolute Support mission beyond 2016. We will discuss our continued financial support for Afghan security forces," he said.
Meanwhile, the commander of the U.S and NATO forces in Afghanistan General John W. Nicholson has recommended no reduction on the numbers of U.S and NATO forces serving in Afghanistan until the end of the year.
Although NATO has hailed the military capabilities of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) in their efforts against the militants on the battlefields, the alliance believes threats still exist in Afghanistan.
Underlining the seriousness of threats emerging from terrorists in Europe, Stoltenberg said that the alliance needs to closely work with those nations who are directly battling terrorism in their countries.
The NATO chief also highlighted the gains made by the Afghan people over recent years and said that there is a need for NATO to continue its support to Afghanistan to protect these achievements.
"We reaffirm our shared ambition for an enduring political and military partnership. To promote security, human rights and rule of law for the people of Afghanistan," Stoltenberg said.
Foreign Ministers from NATO member nations met in the Belgian capital Brussels on Thursday and Friday in which they exchanged views on a number of key issues, setting the stage for NATO's heads of state meeting which is expected to be convened in July.