Afghan president, Nato chief welcome Trump's 'enduring commitment' to Afghanistan

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani attends Afghan Independence Day celebrations in Kabul, Afghanistan on Aug 19, 2017.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani attends Afghan Independence Day celebrations in Kabul, Afghanistan on Aug 19, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

KABUL/BRUSSELS (AFP, REUTERS) - Afghanistan on Tuesday (Aug 22) welcomed a decision by US President Donald Trump to renew America's engagement in the war-torn country and allow for the deployment of more troops.

President Ashraf Ghani said in a statement that the announcement showed the "enduring commitment by Afghanistan's foundational partner in this global conflict".

Meanwhile in Brussels, Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also welcomed President Donald Trump's decision to dispatch more troops to Afghanistan, saying the alliance would not let the country become a haven for terrorists.

"Nato remains fully committed to Afghanistan and I am looking forward to discussing the way ahead with (Defence) Secretary (James) Mattis and our Allies and international partners," Stoltenberg said in a statement.

Nato has 12,000 troops in Afghanistan, and 15 countries have pledged more, Stoltenberg said.

"Our aim remains to ensure that Afghanistan never again becomes a safe haven for terrorists who would attack our own countries," Stoltenberg said in a statement.

This story is developing.