News - Afghanistan
U.S President Barack Obama on Tuesday called on all NATO member countries to help stabilize Afghanistan.
Speaking after a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the White House, Obama said not only the United States, but also all NATO members should offer training and other support to Afghan forces following the drawdown of NATO troops.
Obama said the issue will be discussed at a NATO summit in July in the Polish capital city of Warsaw.
"We had a chance to discuss not only how NATO is positioned but also making sure that we finish the job with respect to Afghanistan," he said.
"And when we meet in Warsaw later this year, we'll have an opportunity to assess how we will continue to support the Afghan National Security Forces, now that we have transitioned out of our combat mission, to make sure that they can do the job, that they can secure and protect their own country."
"That will require resources, training, and assistance from not only the United States but also from all NATO countries. And I'm very gratified that the General Secretary I think has made this an important focus of the work that's to be done," he said.
American and NATO troops ended their combat role in Afghanistan at the end of 2014. Prior to that, there had been up to 100,000 U.S troops in Afghanistan but all that have remained are just under 10,000 which form part of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission. In total, the mission has about 13,000 troops in the country – troops that are here to train and equip the Afghan national forces.
In March, Obama agreed to maintain the current level of 9,800 U S. troops until the end of 2015 – which was a turnaround in his original plan of reducing troops to only 5,500.