Minister: Azerbaijan part of New Silk Road to connect Afghanistan with Europe

Baku: “Some problems still remain in Afghanistan and we still have to do a lot of work with our Afghan allies. For this purpose, Azerbaijan is willing to continue its efforts to make substantial contributions to the Resolute Support Mission (RSM) with troops, multimodal transit and financial aid.

Azerbaijani FM Elmar Mammadyarov said in his speech at the ministerial meeting of the NATO Resolute Support Mission, the Foreign Ministry told APA.

The minister noted that Azerbaijan’s contribution to the RSM with the same number of troops will continue in 2016, too. He mentioned that the Afghanistan National Army (ANA) Trust Fund has already received more than a million euros in aid in the form of donations, adding that Azerbaijan will contribute another two million euros to Afghanistan National Army (ANA) Trust Fund by the end of 2017.

“The first tranche has already been transferred to the NATO- Afghanistan National Army (ANA) Trust Fund. Furthermore, I would like to note our principal agreement to join the enhanced NATO Enduring Partnership mission, following the completion of the RSM. Finally, I would like to say that our country’s contribution to the stability of Afghanistan is not secluded to participation in NATO operations. By increasing our contributions through education and training, infrastructure, transport development, investment and financial aid, we support Afghanistan in its reforms towards self-provision. Azerbaijan is going to connect Afghanistan with Europe and is an important part of the New Silk Road which will open up opportunities for Afghanistan’s future,” he said.