The NATO chief, Jens Stoltenberg in a pre-ministerial meeting at Brussels urged the Taliban to show a real will and ability to deliver violence reduction in order to move towards a lasting peace solution in Afghanistan.
The Taliban has to demonstrate a real will and ability to deliver reduction in violence to see any progress or to make it possible to have any progress towards a lasting and sustainable peace solution in Afghanistan.Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General to NATO said in Brussels.
Stoltenberg reaffirmed support to the Afganistan National Defence Force as the United States, a major partner to NATO is at the eve of signing a deal with the Taliban.
We strongly believe that the best way NATO can support the peace process is to stay committed to our train, assist and advise mission in Afghanistan because when we train and support the Afghan forces with training but also with funding, we are helping the Afghans to send a very clear message to the Taliban that they will never win on the battlefield. They have to sit down at the negotiating table and engage in real compromises, in real negotiations for peace.Stoltenberg said.
This comes as the US President, Donald Trump ordered the signing of a conditional peace deal with the Taliban on Monday to end America’s long-run war in Afghanistan before the US Presidential elections.
US media outlets reported the possibility of a deal sign with the Taliban about in a week.
The Trump administration is seeking to announce a deal to deescalate violence with the Afghan Taliban as soon as this week, CNN reported on Wednesday citing two US defence officials familiar with the discussions.