The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar are seeking to contribute to NATO’s Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said during a press conference in Brussels on November 9.
However, Gen. Stoltenberg didn’t provide any details about how the UAE and Qatar are willing to participate in NATO mission, or why.
During the press conference Stoltenberg also revealed that 27 countries have committed to increase the number of their troops who are serving within NATO’s Resolute Support Mission in the upcoming months.
“The size of our Resolute Support Mission will increase, from around 13,000 to around 16,000 troops … In addition to the significant U.S. contribution, other NATO Allies and partners will continue to provide almost a billion U.S. dollars each year to the Afghan defense and security forces,” Gen. Stoltenberg said.
Meanwhile, the Afghan acting defense minister Tariq Shah Bahrami welcomed the UAE and Qatar efforts to join the NATO mission in Afghanistan, according to the Afghan Tolo TV. Bahrami also revealed that representatives of UAE and Qatar attended the NATO meeting in Brussels.
The UAE and Qatar efforts to join NATO’s mission in Afghanistan are an attempt to prove that they are willing to fight terrorism and to support the new US policy in Afghanistan. However, it’s unlikely that this would lead to any real breakthrought in the conflict.