Afghan swearing-in

Brussels, 29 September 2014 - EU President Barroso and EU President Van Rompuy to Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and to Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive Officer of the new Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan :

"On behalf of the European Union, we would like to extend to you our congratulations following the elections of 14 June 2014.

We trust that all Afghans will unite in addressing the important economic and security challenges. The European Union will continue its long-term engagement to assist the people of Afghanistan on the path towards peace and prosperity.

We are committed to working closely with you and the new Afghan government to implement urgently needed political and economic reforms, strengthen the rule of law and foster full respect for human rights, in particular the rights of women and girls.

The European Union looks forward to further consolidating cooperation, partnership and friendship with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan."

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Brussels, 30 September 2014 - NATO Secretary General welcomes the signature of the Bilateral Security Agreement between the United States and Afghanistan and of the Status of Forces Agreement between NATO and Afghanistan.  The conclusion of these agreements opens a new chapter for cooperation between NATO, our partners, and the Afghan National Security Forces.

As the ISAF mission is completed at the end of this year, the NATO Status of Forces Agreement provides the legal basis for our new mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan security forces. The signing of today‚Äôs agreements means that this new NATO-led mission, called Resolute Support, can start on 1 January 2015, as planned. 

Moreover, we remain committed to help finance the Afghan security forces through 2017, to help Afghanistan to further strengthen its institutions, and to further develop our political and practical cooperation with Afghanistan through our Enduring Partnership

I warmly congratulate President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah as they assume their duties.  They enter office at a pivotal moment for Afghanistan.  We will continue to stand with them and with the Afghan people for a secure, stable and prosperous Afghanistan.