LONDON – Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General in a press conference following the NATO Leaders Meeting in London expressed that the Alliance welcome continued efforts towards peace in Afghanistan; reaffirms commitment to Afghan security forces.
“I welcome the efforts to restart the peace talks. NATO supported the talks because we believe that we need a political negotiated solution in Afghanistan.”, said the Secretary General.
He also said that NATO welcomes ‘Ceasefire’ as a precondition or at least reduction in violence before the talks resume.
” welcome also of course the efforts to try to either have some kind of ceasefire and or at least a reduction in violence but I will not be specific on the exact preconditions for restarting the peace talks.”, He said.
The NATO leaders have also reassured to continue its supports to the Afghanistan National Security Defense Forces as the peace talks restart.
“What I can say is that we are committed to continue to support Afghanistan. Because we strongly believe that the best way NATO can support the peace efforts is to train, assist and advise the Afghan security forces so that the Taliban understand that they will never win on the battlefield.”, Stoltenberg said.
This comes as the U.S peace envoy, Zalmai Khalilzad arrived in Kabul on Wednesday for the revival of the peace negotiations.
The 2 days ‘NATO’s 70th anniversary and the leaders meeting’ was held on the 3-4 December 2019 in London.
Twenty Nine leaders from the NATO alliance countries gathered in London on Wednesday to celebrate the organization’s 70th year anniversary and discussed the NATO’s role in the fight against terrorism, arms control, relationship with Russia and the rise of China.