An agreement signed between the U.S. and the Taliban in February in Doha drew up plans for withdrawal of U.S. and international troops from Afghanistan in exchange for security guarantees from the insurgent group.
“The Taliban must live up to their commitments, significantly reduce the levels of violence, and pave the way for a ceasefire,” said Secretary-General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg, speaking in pre-ministerial meeting. Taliban should end its ties with “Al-Qaeda” and other “terrorist groups”, Mr. Stoltenberg further said.
NATO’s chief added that there are 12,000 troops in Afghanistan, and the alliance has adjusted its presence as a part of peace process. “Any further adjustments remain conditions-based,” he said.
Speaking about Afghanistan’s peace process, NATO’s Secretary-General emphasized that Doha negotiations have provided the “best chance” for ending country’s long decades of war. “They must preserve the gains made at such high price over the last two decades, including for women and girls,” he continued.
“NATO remains committed to Afghanistan’s long-term security,” Mr. Stoltenberg further said, adding, “and just this week, NATO Allies and partners renewed their commitment to provide financial support to the Afghan forces through 2024.”Follow TKG on Twitter & Facebook