NATO has decided to continue to stay in Afghanistan with 13,000 troops to train, assist and advise Afghan security forces to fight terrorism and stabilize the war-torn country.
In response to a question at a pre-ministerial meeting press conference in Brussels, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said: "NATO has played a key role in the fight against terrorism for many years. I think we have to remember that our biggest military operation ever, the operation in Afghanistan, the purpose of that operation is to fight terrorism."
"The reason why we are in Afghanistan is to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a safe haven for international terrorists," Stoltenberg said.
In order to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a safe haven for international terrorist groups again, "we have decided to continue to stay in Afghanistan with 13,000 troops to train, assist and advise the Afghan National Army and Security Forces," he said.
According to Stoltenberg, the best weapon they have in the fight against terrorism is to train Afghan forces and enabling them to fight terrorism.
NATO Secretary-General also said that the alliance has to be ready to once again deploy their own troops in combat operations, however, he believes in the long-term it's much better and much more viable and effective tool to enable local forces to fight terrorism.
Asked about the increase of troops in Afghanistan, he said: We are firmly committed to our Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan and the heads of state and government made last year a decision to continue our military presence in Afghanistan, ..."