Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s Secretary-General and Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas on Tuesday met and discussed several issues including the withdrawal of international troops and the US military from Afghanistan.
During the meeting, Stoltenberg said, “the drawdown of our troops continues in an orderly and coordinated way. At the same time, NATO remains committed to our partnership with Afghanistan. And we will continue to help the Afghan people and contribute to the peace efforts”.
The NATO Secretary-General reaffirmed continuous support, training, and funding of the Afghan National Defense and Security forces.
Kallas in her turn said that Estonia has deployed more than 100 servicemen to different global operations including Afghanistan, she added, her country will remain committed to maintaining 2 percent GDP for defense spending.
The Estonian prime minister said: “I think it’s crucial to increase the common funding for collective defense and Estonia is prepared to uphold the commitments we have undertaken in the international community and in NATO”.
This comes as violence in Afghanistan escalates resulting in extensive destructions.
Just recently unprecedented battles between the government forces and the Taliban have raged in 14 provinces in Afghanistan despite the ongoing foreign troops’ withdrawal process.
Ministry of Defense in a statement said at least 162 Taliban were killed and 129 others were injured during ANDSF operations across Afghanistan.
Taliban militants have reportedly suffered heavy casualties in the past 24 hours.
Moreover, local officials in Nuristan province said that the Taliban on security checkpoints were rebuffed in the Doab district of the province.
The governor of Nuristan Hafiz Abdul Qayum said that the incident took place on Tuesday morning.
According to Qayum four Taliban members including the militant’s shadow governor for the Nurgram district were killed and further nine others were wounded during the clashes.
Taliban have not yet commented on the incident.
Doab district borders Dowlatshah district of Laghman which a few days ago fell to the Taliban militants.