Nato is to deploy additional troops in support of the Resolute Support training mission in order to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) in their fight against Taliban and insurgents.
An additional 3,000 soldiers will be sent to Afghanistan, a move that will increase the total number of troops in Resolute Support from around 13,000 to close to 16,000.
Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said: “Nato will review our Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan together with our partners.
“We will be joined by Afghanistan’s acting defence minister who will brief on the security situation and on the progress his government is making on essential reforms.
“Around 13,000 troops from 39 different countries currently serve in our Resolute Support Mission.
“The US is already increasing its commitment as part of the new South Asia Strategy and many other allies and partners will also send more troops in the months to come to support Afghanistan’s efforts against international terrorism and for peace and reconciliation.”
Nato Defence Ministers agreed on the importance of funding the Afghan security forces.
Ministers also agreed on an outline design for an adapted Nato Command Structure, with new commands to improve the movement of troops across the Atlantic and within Europe.
Stoltenberg added: “We need a command structure which can make sure that we have the right forces, in the right place, with the right equipment at the right time.”
The ministers have agreed to set up a new Cyber Operations Centre in the wake of increasing cyber-attacks.
They have also discussed North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.