Minister of Foreign Affairs Meets NATO Senior Civilian Representative for Afghanistan
KABUL – Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Haneef Atmar met with NATO’s Senior Civilian Representative for Afghanistan, Mr. Stefano Pontecorvo.
Minister Atmar commended NATO's cooperation with Afghanistan over the last two decades and welcomed NATO leaders’ position to continue the organization’s diplomatic presence in Afghanistan and its training cooperation with the security and defense forces, particularly the training of Afghan Special Forces.
Minister Atmar elaborated on the importance of necessary legal amendments to the bilateral cooperation agreements between Afghanistan and NATO, considering the evolution of relations between Afghanistan and NATO.
Given the importance of NATO-Afghanistan strategic relations, Mr. Pontecorvo highlighted the role and plans of the organization to strengthen and enhance the capacity of the Afghan defense and security forces. He emphasized the security of Hamid Karzai International Airport and its importance for the presence of diplomatic missions and the continuation of international development assistance in Afghanistan.
Mr. Pontecorvo also proposed the establishment of an academy to train Afghan personnel to manage and lead airports in Afghanistan, which was welcomed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs.