Defence Secretary announces £70m for Afghan security forces
The UK will provide £70m a year to fund the Afghan National Security Forces after British combat operations end in Afghanistan in 2014, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has announced.
He made the announcement at a meeting of NATO Foreign and Defence Ministers in Brussels.
The funding will be kept under review and will come from the cross-government conflict pool. It will be part of a $4bn fund that the international community is putting together to ensure that Afghan forces can maintain their national security and prevent the country once again becoming a safe haven for terrorists after the end of NATO combat operations.
The first payment of £70m will be made in 2015.
Mr Hammond said:
“The UK contribution of £70m per annum to the funds to support the Afghan National Security Forces will make Afghanistan a safer and more stable country and protect our own national interests.
“This contribution underlines our commitment to a stable and secure Afghanistan after 2014 and I look forward to discussing with other like-minded countries the contributions they will make.”