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NATO Chief Says ‘No Decision Yet On Troops Pullout’

(Last Updated On: February 13, 2019)

NATO chief has reiterated they will continue to support the Afghan security forces create the conditions for a peaceful solution.

Addressing a press conference on Wednesday ahead of the meeting between defense ministers of the alliance in Brussels, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that “the aim is of course not to be in Afghanistan forever. The aim is to be in Afghanistan to fight terrorism and to train, assist and advise the Afghan National Army, security forces, so they can stabilize their own country.”

He said that no decision has been taken about any withdrawal of troops,” but we strongly support the efforts to reach a political, peaceful settlement. And therefore we are in close contact with the US Special Envoy, Ambassador Khalilzad.”

“I would also like to commend President Ashraf Ghani for his leadership and initiative he took last year with the ceasefire and the peace process he initiated last year,” he said.

He has briefed NATO Allies three times over the last weeks on the efforts to try to reach an agreement with Taliban.

“NATO Allies went in together in Afghanistan, we will make decisions on our future posture in Afghanistan together, based on conditions determined together with the Afghans,” he added.

“we support the peace efforts, and we will, of course, do whatever we can to fully support the implementation of a peace deal if that is reached,” he noted.

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