NATO not to leave Afghanistan after 2014 transition


Xinhua
January 27, 2

NATO and the countries participating in the operation in Afghanistan will not leave the country after 2014, when Afghan troops will have taken over the security responsibility, a senior NATO official said Tuesday.

NATO’s Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan Mark Sedwill made the remarks at a joint press conference with Finnish Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb after the two held a meeting here.

The transition in 2014 will not be the end of NATO’s operation in Afghanistan, but the beginning of a new phase of the campaign, Sedwill said.

NATO and the countries participating in the operation in Afghanistan will not leave the country after 2014, although the Afghan troops will have taken over the security responsibility, he said. Instead, the tasks and role of the NATO troops in Afghanistan will change.

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