NATO chief emphasizes transition to Afghanstan

19:13, April 23, 2010      

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NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Friday that the alliance's new strategy was working and would transfer more responsibility to the Afghanistan authorities in the future.

"There is no reason to hide that the security situation in Afghanistan remains very challenging. Many countries represented around this table have lost soldiers in this mission. But this year, we are making progress. Increasingly, this year, the momentum will be ours," he said at the Informal meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers with non-NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) contributing nations.

"Our new strategy in Afghanistan is now on display. Thousands of new ISAF forces are working in partnership with ever more Afghan forces to protect the Afghan people. The Afghan Government is taking more responsibility for running the country. And we are preparing to begin the process of handing over leadership, where conditions allow, back to the Afghan people," he said.

The NATO chief said that "the future of this mission is clear and visible: more Afghan capability, and more Afghan leadership."

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王千原雪)

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