Posted: Oct 18, 2012 1:41 AM
Updated: Oct 18, 2012 1:41 AM
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) NATO says its drawdown plans for Afghanistan remain unchanged and that the coalition will stay on in the country until 2014, despite calls for a quicker withdrawal.
Thursday's remarks by visiting Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen come amid speculation that the U.S.-led alliance could accelerate its departure from Afghanistan.
Rasmussen says NATO is committed to help enable Afghan security forces to assume full responsibility after 2014, when the alliance's combat mission ends.
Rasmussen heads a delegation from NATO's governing body, the North Atlantic Council, visiting Kabul for meetings with President Hamid Karzai, coalition military commander Gen. John Allen and commanders of the Afghan troops.
The 28-member military alliance has also agreed to offer a smaller, post-2014 mission to help the Afghan forces with training, advice and assistance.