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PublishDate: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 15:37

Stoltenberg pledges ongoing support amid NATO withdrawal

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the Prime Minister of Estonia, Kaja Kallas met in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss various issues, including the withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan.

Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_After their meeting, Stoltenberg said: “The drawdown of our troops continues in an orderly and coordinated way. At the same time, #NATO remains committed to our partnership with Afghanistan. And we will continue to help the Afghan people and contribute to the peace efforts.”

He also said NATO will continue with training and funding of the Afghan security forces.

Kallas in turn said Estonia has more than 100 servicemen deployed to various international operations including Afghanistan.

She said she reconfirmed today in her meeting with #Stoltenberg that #Estonia is committed to maintaining the defence spending at 2% of GDP.

“ I think it’s crucial to increase the common funding for collective defence and Estonia is prepared to uphold the commitments we have undertaken in the international community and in NATO,” she said.

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