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India clears stand as NATO summit shifts focus on Afghan conflict

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 12, 2018, 04.58 PM (IST)

India's foreign ministry on Thursday cleared its position on Afghanistan stating it will not advise North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) members as the summit shifts its attention to the Afghanistan conflict.

The MEA said that the Afghanistan Led forces and the people of Afghanistan should take their own decision.

"I think we are not going to advice NATO members; our position is that Afghanistan Led forces and people should take decision:, MEA said in a press conference.

Dominated by the demands of Donald Trump, NATO leaders are expected to shift their attention to Afghanistan conflict on the second day of the summit on Thursday.

Afghanistan's President, Ashraf Ghani will also be present on the second day of the talks. According to media reports, NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is hoping that the bloc will agree to fund Afghani security forces until 2024.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May had already committed on Tuesday to send 440 more troops to serve in non-combat roles in Afghanistan which will take the total number of UK troops to 1,090.

Last year in September, the US also committed an extra 3,000 troops to support Afghan forces -- bringing its total to 15,000. 

According to further reports, US officials have said that Washington is also planning a strategic review. In 2017 Trump had agreed to remain involved in the long-going conflict of the war-torn country.

Taliban is active in 70% of Afghanistan and it continues to threaten more territory to control, BBC reported earlier.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump's has been demanding NATO allies to increase defence spending by up to 4% of their annual GDP output. Current NATO states are working towards a target of 2%.

 

 

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