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Australia is committed to NATO's Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan

Australia is committed to the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan. "

Australia plans to explore the possibility of increasing its practical engagement with the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) in the future.

This announcement was made by the Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston during the NATO Chiefs of Defence meeting.

Also on the chief's calendar were two other key engagements: a military committee meeting on NATO's Interoperability Partnership, where he represented the country's Chief of the Defence Force and a Combined Forces Initiative Task Force meeting. 

"I discussed further opportunities for Australian Defence Force practical engagement with NATO through exercises, strategic dialogue and bilateral exchanges," Vice Admiral Johnston said.

What is NATO's Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan?

Resolute Support Afghanistan is a non-combat mission that was was launched at the beginning of this year, following the stand-down of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

The mission is a NATO initiative to support the Afghan security ministries and Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) by providing training and guidance. [Removed line break]Around 14,000 personnel from 40 troop contributing nations have been assigned to the project.

Resolute Support Mission in AfghanistanThe mission aims to provide support and guidance to Afghanistan's defence forces

Australia's role  

Vice Admiral Johnston added that the Australian Defence Force's (ADF) contribution to the non-combat Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan has strengthened the relationship between the two parties.

Australia has lent significant support to the initiative. There are around 400 personnel currently allocated to the mission; as well as an ongoing a financial commitment of US$100 million annually through to 2017. This makes the country one of the largest non-NATO contributors to the mission.   

What is the plan moving forward?

The ANDSF is leading its own operations with guidance and support from the international partners and allies. The representatives of the contributing nations agreed that their assistance was helping Afghanistan's defence gain confidence and momentum. 

The Resolute Support Mission is having a crucial impact on Afghanistan's stability.

"The Resolute Support Mission is having a crucial impact on Afghanistan's stability, consolidating the gains made by the International Security Assistance Force mission before it," commented Vice Admiral Johnston. 

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