NATO chief congratulates Obama for killing of bin Laden
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen congratulated the United States on Monday for the operation which killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, DPA reported.
"I congratulate (US) President Barack Obama and all those who made the operation against Osama bin Laden possible," Rasmussen said in a statement.
"This is a significant success for the security of NATO Allies and all the nations which have joined us in our efforts to combat the scourge of global terrorism to make the world a safer place for all of us," he added.
NATO will pursue its fight in Afghanistan to consolidate that success, Rasmussen vowed.
"NATO Allies and partners will continue their mission to ensure that Afghanistan never again becomes a safe haven for extremism, but develops in peace and security. We will continue to stand for the values of freedom, democracy and humanity that Osama bin Laden wanted to defeat," Rasmussen concluded.
The EU's envoy in Afghanistan, Vygaudas Usackas, said bin Laden's death could have a direct impact on the Afghanistan war effort, which was initiated in response al-Qaeda's September 11, 2001 attack on the United States.
"It could be a game changer in boosting the morale and confidence of the US and international community that the efforts and sacrifices of almost the past 10 years of involvement in Afghanistan and in the region are not in vain," Usackas said.