NATO is striving to rapidly conclude a deal with Central Asian states on an inter-continental rail link that would ease the supply of non-lethal equipment and assistance for both military and reconstruction operations in Afghanistan.
The rail project is an outgrowth of NATO's efforts to reinvigorate its Afghan operations. Discussions on how to improve Afghan reconstruction efforts featured prominently at the alliance's early April summit in Bucharest. Alliance members reaffirmed their commitment to Afghanistan's security, but indicated a need for a fundamental strategy shift. [For background see the Eurasia Insight archive].
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