Afghan President and CEO Attend NATO Foreign Ministers' Meeting In Brussels

December 2, 2014: A highly successful NATO Foreign Ministers Meeting in Brussels, Belgium, has been held and was attended by Their Excellencies President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah. The meeting discussed and finalized the next chapter of NATO's assistance in Afghanistan which will begin on January 1, 2015.

H.E. President Ghani communicated to the Foreign Ministers that Afghanistan is looking forward to the country's continued partnership with NATO and assured that there is a new spirit of partnership in Kabul that will drive Afghanistan's development process forward. H.E. President Ghani added that Afghanistan is determined to master its destiny and overcome its past. His Excellency Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah added that this conference will assist to guide Afghanistan toward its ultimate goal of becoming self-reliant. Their Excellencies offered their sincerest gratitude to NATO, ISAF and to the international community on behalf of the people of Afghanistan for their invaluable assistance, friendship and for the great sacrifices that have been made during the last thirteen years.

NATO emphasized that it will continue to work with the people and government of Afghanistan to carry forward the partnership and, with the wider international community, continue to promote security, peace, development, human rights and rule of law in the country. NATO also praised the establishment of Afghanistan's National Unity Government and its determination to implement needed reforms, including advancing women's rights and empowerment.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg chaired the Foreign Ministers meeting and said that the presence of Afghanistan's leaders at the NATO Headquarters is a great expression of the strong partnership between NATO and Afghanistan. He emphasized the fact that for over a decade, NATO allies and partners have stood shoulder to shoulder with the Afghan people.

United States Secretary of State John Kerry said that the Government of National Unity has shown great leadership and that the betterment of the Afghan people is their number one priority.

The meeting in Brussels will be followed by a meeting of the representatives of 70 countries for the London Conference on Afghanistan 2014 on December 4-5 which will discuss the international community's future assistance to Afghanistan.