The Secretary of NATO has said Afghanistan remains the highest operational priority of the alliance.

Stoltenberg made the remarks during a meeting with the U.S. envoy for Afghan peace Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad.

“We remain committed to our goal of ensuring Afghanistan never again becomes a platform to export terrorism,” said the Secretary General.

He also added “Ambassador Khalilzad has created a genuine platform for peace discussions, and this issue is now high up on the agenda of all Afghan political players and Afghan people in general.”

“It is in the interest of our Afghan friends and in the interest of us all that these peace talks succeed,” Stoltenberg said.

According to Stoltenberg “One essential condition for this success is that we are all on the same page and that we all push in the same direction to secure peace.”

He stressed that the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission helps create the conditions for peace, with training and funding for the Afghan security forces.