Press Conference by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance’s support to Afghanistan with both forces and funding remains steadfast.

He made the remarks during a press conference ahead of the second day of the NATO defense ministerial in Brussels today.

Stoltenberg said the second day of the meeting will focus on NATO mission in Afghanistan. “It remains a top priority for our alliance and for our partners. We will review the security situation and the next steps following the last month’s presidential elections.”

“Our support to Afghanistan with both forces and funding remains steadfast,” he said, adding that “NATO has supported the U.S.-led peace talks and we would welcome if they were resumed.”

However, he said “But the Taliban will have to make real concessions and show real willingness to reduce violence.”

He also added “So we will continue to support the Afghan security forces as they fight intentional terrorism and create the conditions for peace.”