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Nato commitment to Afghanistan 'unchanged'

2012-04-12 15:03

Kabul - Nato's commitment to Afghanistan after its troops pull out of the war-torn country in 2014 remains "unchanged", Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Thursday.

"Our goal is an Afghanistan with its security provided by its own people and this goal has not changed," he told a joint news conference in Kabul with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

"Our commitment and partnership with Afghanistan post-2014 remains unchanged."

Rasmussen said he had visited a unit of the Afghan special forces who have assumed responsibility for leading controversial night raids against Taliban insurgents, adding: "We have reasons to be optimistic about the future."

Afghan security forces were increasingly capable of taking a lead role as Nato prepares to withdraw its 130 000 troops by the end of 2014, he said.

Karzai said Afghan forces would be retained at their current strength until 2015 or 2016, funded by the country's international partners.

"So we have no worries about the reduction of the number of the troops and nor has there been a decision on this regard," he said.