SACEUR visits Afghanistan with Secretary General and Chairman of the Military Committee
From left to right. Chairman of the Military Committee, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Resolute Support Commander, General Austin Scott Miller, NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg and Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, during a visit to Afghanistan to meet with Afghan and Resolute Support leadership - NATO photo by International Military Staff
SHAPE, Belgium – General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, Supreme
Allied Commander Europe, travelled to Afghanistan alongside Secretary General
Jens Stoltenberg and Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Air Chief Marshal
Sir Stuart Peach to meet with the Afghan and Resolute Support Mission
leadership Nov. 5-7, 2018.
Upon arrival, the
delegation met with General Austin Scott Miller, the Resolute Support
commander, Ambassador Cornelius Zimmerman, NATO’s Senior Civilian Representative
in Afghanistan and their staff for an operational overview of the Resolute
The delegation then travelled
to the Presidential Palace to meet with President Ashraf Ghani; Chief Executive
Abdullah Abdullah, and other Afghan ministers and senior officials, as well as
with representatives of Afghan civil society to discuss the security situation,
the peace process, elections and more.
In a joint press
conference with President Ghani, Mr. Stoltenberg underlined that NATO’s support
for Afghanistan will continue, saying: "NATO is determined to see Afghanistan
succeed. That’s why around 16,000 troops from 39 countries serve in our
Resolute Support Mission.”
The delegation concluded its trip with a troop visit to the Train, Advise and Assist Command –
West, headquartered in Herat, Afghanistan.
Stoltenberg’s remarks to the troop, General Scaparrotti walked through the
troop formation thanking the troops for their service and dedication to the
"I leave here with confidence that the Afghan Security
Forces and NATO’s Train, Advise and Assist mission can move forward and provide
security for the people of Afghanistan. Yes, it’s challenging and it’s going to
be tough. But, I’m confident that it can be done – recent events during the
elections attest to this fact,” said General Scaparrotti.
Story by SHAPE Public Affairs Office