NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (left) shakes hand with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, as the president tabs his shoulder during a visit on Afghan peace Friday, Nov 13, 2020. [Photos: NATO/Twitter]

KABUL, Afghanistan – Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg tackled ongoing peace process with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, dubbing it a “long and hard road towards the peace talks”.

In Afghanistan, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has around 12,000 troops in the Alliance’s biggest mission. 

“Spoke with @ashrafghani on the situation in #Afghanistan where it has been a long and hard road towards the peace talks,” he said in a tweet early Friday.

While assuring continued support to Afghanistan security, Stoltenberg urged Afghan government to grab the “fragile” opportunity and mold it in a way that ensures peace and stability in the country.  

“They are fragile but offer the best chance for peace,” he added. “NATO remains committed to #Afghanistan‘s security.”

Since the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 in the United States, NATO countries have been engaged militarily in Afghanistan under a mandate from the United Nations to prevent the country from ever becoming again a safe haven for terrorism. Since 2003, military operations are led by NATO.

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CORRECTION: “long and hard road towards” an independent an stable country is revised as “long and hard road towards the peace talks”.