NATO plans new Afghan mission after 2014

June 4th, 2012 - 11:17 pm ICT by IANS  

Moscow, June 4 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Afghanistan and NATO have agreed to develop a plan for a new international peacekeeping mission in the country after 2014 when Afghan forces take full control of the security, NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday.

The NATO-led mission will offer training and other assistance to Afghan security forces, he said.

NATO will provide funding for the mission at an estimated $4.1 billion a year.

“On Afghanistan, we set out a clear path from now until 2014 and beyond. And we sent out a clear signal to the Afghan people and the region that we will stay committed,” he said.

After the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops are withdrawn from Afghanistan, security in the country will be enforced by over 300,000 Afghan soldiers and police, he said.

–IANS/RIA Novosti
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