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Sep 23 2020

SACEUR and the Commander of Resolute Support meet with Afghanistan's President

MONS, Belgium – Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Tod D. Wolters, and Resolute Support Mission Commander General Austin Scott Miller met with the President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, in Kabul on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, reaffirming NATO’s support to the Afghan people.

They discussed the Afghan peace process, NATO’s continued support to the Afghanistan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) and the need to end the violence. General Wolters also conveyed a message from NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, and his best wishes to Ghani, saying that NATO's support for Afghanistan was ongoing and would continue as long as the Afghan people wanted it.

NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan Stefano Pontecorvo was also present in the meeting, together with several Afghan officials.

Supreme Allied Commander Europe General Tod D. Wolters, together with NATO’s Senior Civilian Representative, Mr. Stefano Pontecorvo and Commander NATO’s Resolute Support Mission, General Austin Scott Miller met with President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul, Afghanistan on September 22, 2020. - Photo by Resolute Support Mission Public Affairs Office

NATO is leading a non-combat mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan security forces and institutions. The Resolute Support Mission was launched in January 2015, following the completion of the mission of the International Security Assistance Force in December 2014, when responsibility for security in Afghanistan was transferred to the ANDSF.

The mission performs supporting functions in several areas. These include operational planning, budgetary development, force generation process, management and development of personnel, logistical sustainment and civilian oversight in order to ensure the Afghan security forces and institutions act in accordance with the rule of law and good governance.

Launched in 2015, the mission consists of over 17,000 personnel from 39 NATO Allies and partners. Personnel operate across Afghanistan through a central command in Kabul, and four satellite centres in Mazar-e-Sharif in the north, Herat in the west, Kandahar in the south and Laghman in the east.

To learn more about NATO's Resolute Support Mission, visit their website at https://rs.nato.int

Story by SHAPE Public Affairs Office

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