WASHINGTON: North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) says it is working with Pakistan to reopen supply routes as soon as possible and that the country had an important role to play in Afghanistan’s stability and security.
In the Chicago Summit declaration, released hours after Nato leaders met at McCormick Place in Chicago:
The countries in the region, particularly Pakistan, have important roles in ensuring enduring peace, stability and security in Afghanistan and in facilitating the completion of the transition process. We stand ready to continue dialogue and practical cooperation with relevant regional actors in this regard. We welcome the progress on transit arrangements with our Central Asian partners and Russia.
The declaration also said that Nato is on track to transition responsibility from Isaf to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) by 2013.
“Nato is ready to work towards establishing, at the request of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, a new post-2014 mission of a different nature in Afghanistan, to train, advise and assist the ANSF, including the Afghan Special Operations Forces. This will not be a combat mission. We task the council to begin immediately work on the military planning process for the post-ISAF mission,” said the declaration.
Nato said that they were calling on the international community “to commit to the long-term sustainment of the ANSF.”