NATO’s military presence is ending, but its support for the Afghan forces and people will continue, chief of the alliance said on Friday.
Stoltenberg, who was speaking in a press conference ahead of NATO summit, said that NATO will continue provide advice and support to Afghan security institutions, fund Afghan security forces, and it will look into how it can provide out-of-country training for the Afghan security forces, especially the Special Operations Forces.
“We’re also working on, with the NATO Allies, how to maintain important infrastructure, such as an international airport in Kabul,” Stoltenberg said.
“Turkey is today a key Ally when it comes to the running of the airport. There is a dialogue now going on between different Allies, including Turkey, on exactly how we can try to continue to provide support for the airport and make sure the airport continues to operate at international standards,” Stoltenberg said.
He said that an airport and all the critical infrastructure is important for the whole international community, for the diplomatic presence of all countries, and also for development aid and different aid organizations.