NATO said that an early withdrawal from Afghanistan could leave the country a haven for international terrorism.
The Secretary-General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, announced that the foreign ministers of the bloc countries will discuss on December 1 and 2 the alliance’s strategy for the coming years and its operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Stoltenberg said that the ministers ’meeting, which will be held via video technology, will discuss “the NATO 2030 project, the continued adaptation of the alliance to the current conditions, the increase in Russian military capabilities and the growing power of China, as well as the NATO mission in Afghanistan.”
He explained that the future of the operation in Afghanistan will be one of the most important issues in light of the planned reduction of the number of US forces in 2021, and NATO and the United States will have to make a decision, whether the alliance will finish its mission or remain there until the situation stabilizes.
On Iraq, the Secretary-General indicated that NATO plans to increase its presence there and expand the mission to train Iraqi security forces.
Ministers from Georgia and Ukraine are also scheduled to join the meeting of NATO ministers on Wednesday to discuss the alliance’s activities in the Black Sea region.