Ambassador Hakimi Says NATO Pledge Sends 'Strong Signal' To Region

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's interview with Ambassador Hakimi at the NATO Summit on May 21 in Chicago:

"Afghanistan’s ambassador to the United States says his country is grateful for the support that NATO allies have pledged at their summit in Chicago.

Eklil Hakimi told RFE/RL’s Heather Maher that the agreements reached between President Hamid Karzai and the United States and its NATO partners will send a strong message to the region, and assure the Afghan people that Kabul will not be left on its own after NATO ends its combat mission in the country in 2014.

Hakimi also said that Afghan forces will be ready by the time NATO hands over the lead on fighting by mid-2013."

From the RFE/RL article.