November 26th, 2009
04:15 PM ET

NATO chief hopes allies 'step up to the plate'

Berlin, Germany (CNN) - NATO's secretary-general is confident that "all allies will step up to the plate" and provide more soldiers to the fight in Afghanistan after President Barack Obama announces his decision next week on an extra U.S. troop deployment.

"We are right now in the final phase of consultation and we all know that the Americans are the biggest troop contributors so it's quite natural that we wait for an American decision," Anders Fogh Rasmussen told CNN.

"I think it's of utmost importance for the alliance and certainly for our operation in Afghanistan that the allies follow suit once the Americans have made their decision."

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