Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani, right, and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah arrive for sessions of the second day of the NATO Summit, in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, July 9, 2016. U.S. President Barack Obama and other NATO leaders have begun the second day of a summit meeting in Warsaw that’s expected to lead to decisions about Afghanistan, the central Mediterranean and Iraq. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg reaffirmed the alliance’s support to Afghanistan after the Afghan leaders signed an agreement to end the political impasse.

“I welcome the decision taken by Afghanistan’s political leaders to resolve their differences and join efforts to form an inclusive government,” Stoltenberg said.

He also added “In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and continued Taliban violence against their fellow Afghans, it is more important than ever that all Afghan leaders unite and work towards enduring peace in Afghanistan. We call on the Taliban to live up to their commitments, reduce violence now, take part in intra-Afghan negotiations, and make real compromises for lasting peace and the benefit of all Afghans.”

Stoltenberg further added “All parties should seize this unprecedented opportunity for peace. We need to see a comprehensive agreement which ends violence; safeguards the human rights of all Afghans, including women; upholds the rule of law; and eliminates terrorist safe havens once and for all.”

“NATO Allies and partners remain firmly committed to Afghanistan’s long-term security and stability, through our Resolute Support training mission, and with funding,” he added.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghan and Abdullah Abdullah signed an agreement earlier today to end the political impasse which intensified following the controversial announcement of presidential elections.

Both Ghani and Abdullah took oath of the office in March which further sparked tensions on political level in the country.


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