Speaking at the launch of his Annual report on Thursday in Brussels, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the Afghan forces have increased military pressures on the Taliban and that the militant group have not been able to achieve their strategic objective in 2017.
“We have decided to increase the size of our Resolute Support training mission. From 13,000 to around 16,000. With our assistance, Afghan forces have increased military pressure on the Taliban. Ensuring they did not achieve their strategic objective of capturing a provincial capital in 2017,” he said.
Stoltenberg said NATO “strongly” supports an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process.
“I commend President Ghani for his courageous leadership. His offer to the Taliban is the clearest invitation to peace yet. So I call on the Taliban to come to the negotiating table,” he said.