NATO chief says confident of increased Afghan contribution

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 16:06

Brussels: NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen
said on Wednesday he was confident that members of the transatlantic
alliance would make a "substantial" increase in their
contributions to Afghanistan.

His comments, posted on the NATO website, followed US
President Barack Obama`s decision yesterday to send 30,000
more troops to Afghanistan.

"As the US increases its commitment, I am confident that
the other allies, as well as our partners in the mission, will
also make a substantial increase in their contribution," the
NATO secretary general said.

He "warmly welcomed" Obama`s announcement, saying the
already substantial US contribution to the NATO-led mission
was now "even more important."

"President Obama`s decision to substantially increase the
numbers of US forces in the NATO-led operation is proof of his
resolve; the overall approach he laid out is a broader
political strategy for success," he said.

In announcing the troop surge, Obama vowed to "seize the
initiative" to finally end the eight-year war but also said
American forces would start coming home in 19 months` time.

"But this is not a US mission alone, America`s allies in
NATO have shared the risks, costs and burdens of this mission
from the beginning," Rasmussen said.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 16:06

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