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Afghanistan Top Issue Discussed in NATO-Russia Council Meeting

(Last Updated On: July 15, 2017)

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Afghanistan plus transparency and risk reduction were among the key issues discussed during Thursday’s NATO-Russia Council meeting.

Speaking to reporters following the meeting in Brussels, Stoltenberg said the security situation in Afghanistan — “which remains challenging” — was on the agenda during Thursday’s meeting.

“A stable Afghanistan is essential to regional security. NATO allies and Russia share a common interest to support the National Unity government and to work towards a free, safe and democratic Afghanistan,” he said.

Around 10,000 US troops are still in Afghanistan and Donald Trump has given the military authority to deploy 4,000 more if commanders feel they are necessary. 

US generals have admitted in hearings before Congress that the 16-year is at a stalemate, where the US and its Afghan allies are unable to take and hold significant amounts of territory lost to the Taliban and other groups.

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