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NATO hopes for better security environment in Afghanistan

NATO hopes for better security environment in Afghanistan

Oct 01, 2015 - 16:51

KABUL (Pajhwok): NATO on Thursday expressed satisfaction with the overall security environment in Afghanistan, saying local forces were fully capable of taking charge of security affairs.

Top NATO security officials expressed the views during a change-of-command ceremony in Kabul. Maj. Gen. Gordon B. Davis took charge of the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan (CSTCA) from Maj. Gen.Todd T. Semonite.

CSTCA headquarters in Kabul provides assistance to the Afghan security forces in management, budgeting, accountability, planning and execution of projects, as well as rule of law.

Semonitesaid they had tried their best to utilise aid to Afghan security forces in a proper mannerin the past 13 months, with CSTCA working closely with Afghan officials in different areas.

The American general acknowledged President Ashraf Ghani and his cabinet ministers had pledged to bring reforms to procurement procedures, eliminate corruption and ensure rule of law.

He said the purpose of CSTCA’s continuing assistance to Afghan officials was aimed to help enhance the capacity of the local security personnel in different areas.

He hoped continued international assistance would help improve the situation in Afghanistan. Semonite believed Afghan security forces were fully capable of bringing peace and stability to the country. 

New CSTCA’s head Davis praised the previous leadership and pledged all possible efforts to protect past achievements. He said his main objective would be enhancing the capacity of the Afghan forces so they could safeguard their country.

He stressed transparency and accountability, believingthe Afghan force were capable of handling their security affairs.

Gen. John F. Campbell, Resolute Support (RS) mission chief, said: “The CSTCA personnel must feel proud of the hard work they are doing in support of Afghan security forces.”