Thursday, April 19, 2012

Several NATO countries promise to finance the Afghan forces

BRUSSELS, April 18 - NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Wednesday that some NATO countries have pledged financial support to Afghan security forces, in their infancy, beyond the year 2014 during which the troops of the alliance fighters must leave the country, according to schedule.

"I am very pleased that a number of allies have announced concrete financial contributions to the security forces of Afghanistan in the future, and other allies have announced that they would pledge contributions concrete later, "Rasmussen said after a joint session of foreign ministers and defense of NATO.

"I see this as a clear commitment to support Afghan security forces in the future," he said.

However, the NATO chief declined to give further details, saying it belonged to the country concerned to make their own ads.

"I took note of these ads at a meeting behind closed doors, but I think we will see now on public announcements at the top of Chicago, or perhaps after this summit," he said.

NATO gradually transferring responsibility for security to Afghan forces, which should pave the way for a withdrawal of combat troops from countries by the end of 2014.

Despite continuous attacks from Taliban fighters in Kabul last weekend, officials from NATO and the United States stressed that they would respect the schedule.