NATO’s pullout from Afghanistan may allow allies to assist other missions

Moscow, May 18 (Agency) The withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan will enable member states to contribute to the alliance’s other foreign missions, as it will free some additional resources, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday.

“Since NATO now is ending its Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan, many allies, including Montenegro, will have less commitments in Afghanistan, no longer any military presence in Afghanistan, and I think for many allies that will free up some additional resources and funds for contributing to other NATO missions, including the NATO mission KFOR [NATO Mission in Kosovo],” Stoltenberg said at a joint press conference with Montenegrin President Milo Dukanovic.

The alliance started to gradually withdraw its troops that have been deployed in Afghanistan for two decades in early May following Washington’s announcement last month that all US forces would be removed from the Central Asian country by September.