Saudi Arabia Fills Critical Role for Future Afghan Peace
10 Jul 2018
By: Cmdr. Lesley Lykins, Resolute Support Public Affairs
KABUL, Afghanistan – Saudi Arabia was recognized June 9, for the country’s critical role in furthering peace and stability in Afghanistan following a temporary ceasefire in June.
In a letter from James Mattis, U.S. Secretary of Defense, to H.R.H Prince Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, he expressed gratitude to the Saudi Arabian leader for his willingness to magnify the importance for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.
"Your leadership and candor on this issue reflects not only Saudi Arabia’s efforts to curb terrorism and extremism, but also the strength of our nations’ important strategic partnership,” wrote Mattis.
The letter comes in advance of the international Muslim scholars conference on peace and stability in Afghanistan, organized by the Organization of Islamic Conference and hosted by Saudi Arabia July 10 and 11, in Jiddah and Mecca.
Additionally, world leaders are meeting in Brussels this week for the NATO Summit. The Summit will close with a meeting on Afghanistan where it is expected that world leaders will express their full support for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s bold peace initiative and his government’s reform.
Established in 2015, Resolute Support (RS) is a NATO-led, non-combat mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), who assumed nationwide responsibility for Afghanistan’s security following the conclusion of the previous NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission. Its purpose is to help the Afghan security forces and institutions develop the capacity to defend Afghanistan and protect its citizens in a sustainable manner.