Afghanistan to Seek $25 Billion Security Funding at NATO Talks

Afghanistan’s government will seek an annual $5 billion of funding over the next five years from the U.S. and its allies at a North Atlantic Treaty Organization Summit this week to help finance its security forces.

Afghanistan will present a plan at the July 8 to 9 conference in Warsaw, which will also raise issues related to governance, security and terrorism, the country’s National Security Adviser Mohammad Haneef Atmar told reporters in the capital, Kabul, on Monday. President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah will attend the summit, he said.

“Our first expectation is NATO members and U.S. under our bilateral security pacts should finance all the related and foreseeable costs of our security and defense forces for the next five years,” Atmar said. “The total cost is estimated to be $5 billion each year and we expect to receive most of it from the United States of America.”

Ghani’s government has failed to make headway on peace talks with the Taliban, forcing U.S. President Barack Obama to alter plans for removing most American troops from Afghanistan by the end of his term. The conflict against the Taliban, now in its 15th year, has cost the U.S. more than $700 billion and killed more than 2,300 American soldiers.