JFC Brunssum commander visits Resolute Support

General Salvatore Farina, commander, NATO Joint Force Command Brunssum, poses with Resolute Support leaders and advisors during a trip to Kabul Aug. 27-29.
30 Aug 2017
KABUL, Afghanistan (Aug. 30, 2017) — General Salvatore Farina, commander, NATO Joint Force Command Brunssum, visited Resolute Support Mission commanders along with Afghan government and security leaders here Sunday through Tuesday.

First, he met with Train, Advise, Assist Command – West Commander Brigadier General Massimo Biagini and Major General Hedayat, 207th Corps commander in Herat.

Next, he traveled to Kabul and attended a meeting with General John Nicholson, Resolute Support commander and other staff. Farina and Nicholson discussed the security situation, and emphasized the importance of force protection. They also addressed the need to continue the Resolute Support mission and the use of flexible tools like expeditionary advising packages in support of Afghan units.

Farina noted the positive reception the coalition has given the new U.S. strategy in Afghanistan – focusing on condition rather than timelines. He noted the strategy is fully synchronized with NATO Resolute Support Mission. The two commanders also discussed how President Donald Trump’s announcement received a positive reception from President Ashraf Ghani and other key Afghan leaders.

According to Farina, the commitment of the international community, U.S. and NATO requires an increase of responsibility to local authorities (political and military) to improve leadership, fight corruption, and deliver capabilities that allow the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces to be autonomous and self-sustained.

Farina also met Minister of Interior Wais Ahmad Barmak, Minister of Defence Tariq Shah Bahrami and National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar, who all positively welcomed President Trump’s announcement and committed themselves to be more accountable and proactive to accomplish a common goal: A more secure and stable Afghanistan.

Farina also met NATO Senior Civilian Representative Ambassador Cornelius Zimmermann and diplomatic representatives. They addressed the political situation, challenges related to the coming year elections as well as the progress in the area of anti-corruption, human rights and ways to make the peace process effective and successful.

During an informal ceremony at Resolute Support, Farina, on behalf of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, awarded Nicholson with the NATO Meritorious Service Medal. Farina highlighted Nicholson’s outstanding leadership

"His expertise, leadership, commitment and excellent relations with Afghan leadership is the key to helping Afghan security forces and institutions improve and the continuity of our mission” Farina concluded.
 

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