Nato to Discuss Funding for Afghan Troops After 2014


Nato's Ministers will discuss funding for Afghanistan forces after 2014 on Tuesday and Wednesday following a visit to Nato headquarters in Brussels by Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar.

The meeting is expected to look at how $4.1 billion of annual foreign funding for Afghanistan's security forces will be managed after 2014.

Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul will join the Afghan part of the talks to push the Afghan government case for handling its own finances. But with Western concerns over corruption running high, it is likely Nato will have a strong role in managing international funding, a Nato diplomat told Reuters.

Foreign combat troops will leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014, after handover of full security to local troops.

There are around 66,000 US troops and 37,000 troops of other nations in Afghanistan fighting insurgents.

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