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December 4, 2009 - While the U.S. President, Barack Obama, expected his NATO allies to send some 5,000 soldiers to reinforce the military strength, NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, has now guaranteed that more than 7,000 troops will be deployed to "finish the job" in Afghanistan.
At the today meeting of foreign ministers of NATO and other countries participating in ISAF mission (ISAF International Security Assistance), Rasmussen said: "The 44 countries of the ISAF have made clear that they are united in this mission. The nations are backing up their words with deeds. At least 25 countries will send additional troops. And I have been offered about 7,000 and more to come. "
NATO hoped to add more than 5,000 troops to its mission in Afghanistan, to support the 30,000 additional U.S. troops sent to that country, under the new strategy announced by the U.S. President, Barack Obama.
Rasmussen, who did not want to talk about specific figures by country, insisted on transfering responsibility to Afghan forces as soon as possible. "We must create the conditions for a transition to the Afghan leadership, which means that Afghans will take their responsibilities. It will be a well-coordinated transition in districts and provinces where security permits, ie, that Afghans can take care of it, "he assured.
Referring to Germany and France, the NATO secretary general has left the door open to further efforts by two of the major European powers: "in addition to the clear offers, we have had indications that other countries will be able to make contributions in the coming weeks and months. "
Hours before Rasmussen's words, who still has more meetings and two press conferences scheduled today, the U.S. secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, said she was confident that NATO countries support the strategy of President Obama in Afghanistan and send more troops.
Even before the announcement of the 7,000 troops figure , Hillary Clinton emphasized that "the answer of the allies has been positive" and that they understand the "importance" of the mission in Afghanistan.
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