NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says Afghanistan’s presidential election last month demonstrated a clear rejection of extremism by the Afghan people and shows that national security forces are capable of ensuring public order.
"This was a great success for the Afghan authorities, a clear rejection of the Taliban, and a significant victory for the Afghan people," Rasmussen said on June 4.
He made the comments before a meeting of NATO defense ministers and officials from nonmember states contributing to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.
Rasmussen said Afghan security forces “deserve great credit for their effectiveness and professionalism" during last month’s first-round election. A second round will be held June 14.
He added that NATO is on track to complete its combat mission by the end of the year, while planning a new mission "to train, advise, and assist the Afghan forces after 2014."