Afghanistan welcomes end of NATO mission
KONFRONTASI-Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has welcomed in advance the end of NATO’s combat mission in the country.
"The partnership between Afghanistan and NATO is entering a new phase. We welcome the end of the combat mission,” Ghani said in Brussels on Tuesday at a meeting with foreign ministers of NATO member states and top military officials.
The Afghan president said, “but more significantly, we welcome the non-combat mission. Our forces are ready to assume their patriotic duty of defending our homeland.”
“But our trust in performance of that duty is enhanced by the knowledge that through the 'Resolute Support' mission, our forces will be helped in training, support and assistance."
Operation Enduring Freedom, the US name for the war in Afghanistan, is to wind up at the end of 2014 and be replaced with Operation Resolute Support, with the avowed aim of training, advice, and assistance for the Afghan security forces and institutions.
The new mission will begin on January 1.
The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The military offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues across the country despite the presence of tens of thousands of US-led troops.[mr/ptv]