French Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie told journalists that expansion of NATO-led forces into southern Afghanistan was also discussed. Deployment there is more controversial, because remnants of the ousted Taliban regime are still active there.
"With regards to the continuation of this enlargement toward the south, it will be the third phase," Alliot-Marie said, "and some (NATO) allies expect to go ahead quickly, while others are far more cautious."
The United States has called on its European NATO allies to commit more forces to security missions in Afghanistan, as well as to training missions for Iraq security forces.
Today's agreement on Afghanistan came after Italy, Spain, and Lithuania committed to sending hundreds of troops to support the ISAF mission.