NATO leaders have agreed to continue training Afghan security forces through 2017 and financing them through 2020, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says.
"Afghanistan still faces serious instability and violence," he says at a NATO summit in Warsaw. "So our message is clear: Afghanistan does not stand alone and we are committed for the long haul."
The number of NATO troops participating in the Resolute Support training mission next year is expected to stay consistent at around 12,000 soldiers, Stoltenberg says.
Afghan troops will also continue to be funded through 2020 "at or near" the current level of 5 billion dollars a year, Stoltenberg says. The United States provides the lion's share of the financing.
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