Amanpour speaks to NATO Secretary General about troop pledge to Afghanistan

Published December 7th, 2009 - 04:19 GMT
Speaking for the first time since U.S. President Barack Obama’s address on Afghanistan, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour Wednesday that he expects the non-U.S. members of NATO to contribute at least 5,000 more troops and “a few thousand on top of that” to Afghanistan.
 
“I think, based on what we know now, it's fair to say that other allies and partners will contribute at least extra 5,000 troops, and I would expect a few thousand on top of that,” Rasmussen said. “The important thing here is that allies and partners have responded very positively to the speech made by President Obama.”
 
He continued saying “There is a broad consensus in the alliance that we must stand together, we are in this together, we will support the United States - it is an alliance mission. And based on my talks with a big number of political leaders, I feel confident that we will see significant increases in the troop contributions.”
 
Watch the full interview on today’s Amanpour.  2100 CET

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