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NATO decides to fund Afghan security forces until 2024

IANS  |  Brussels 

The (NATO) nations decided on Thursday to sustain their presence in and fund Afghan security forces until 2024.

"We decided to sustain our presence in until conditions indicate a change is appropriate," quoted as saying after the organization's two-day summit in

"And we extended our financing for Afghan security forces through 2024. This will help them further develop their special forces and air force as they continue to fight international terrorism," he added.

also expressed strong support for Afghan Ashraf Ghani's peace proposal.

"We fully support the Afghan government's aim of reaching an inclusive peace agreement with the Taliban," the summit's joint statement on the Resolute Support Mission in reads.

NATO leaders in the statement reiterate their call to the to engage "credibly" in the Afghan-led peace process and stress that this is the "only pathway" to a sustainable resolution of the conflict.

"Our continued commitment will strengthen Afghanistan in its efforts to create the conditions for lasting peace and reconciliation," said the NATO



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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 06:20 IST