Friday, May 31, 2013

President Obama: NATO Summit In 2014 To Focus On Afghanistan Withdrawal

US President Barack Obama meets Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Reuters Photo

NATO To Hold 2014 Summit On Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal -- Reuters

(Reuters) - NATO countries will hold a summit next year to discuss troop withdrawals from Afghanistan, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday after a meeting with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

The United States and its 28 NATO allies have been working toward withdrawing combat troops in 2014, a milestone Rasmussen said is in sight.

There are 62,000 U.S. troops and 34,000 NATO troops in Afghanistan. Obama and Rasmussen did not say how many would remain in the country to help support the Afghan government as it takes responsibility for its own security.

Rasmussen said NATO is preparing a training mission for Afghanistan in 2015. "It will be a very different mission. A non-combat mission with a significantly lower number of troops," he said.

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