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NATO Supports Afghan-led, Afghan-owned Peace Process: Stoltenberg

(Last Updated On: April 1, 2017)

NATO Secretary General on Thursday said the Allies only supports an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process.

“We are in favour of a peace process, but it has to be Afghan-led and Afghan owned,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said after a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council where topics of common concern, including the security situation in Afghanistan were discussed.

“As long as this is an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process, we support initiatives to try to find a peaceful end and solution to the conflict in Afghanistan and to the violence in Afghanistan, but it has to be led by the Afghans themselves, that’s the key message from NATO.”

Stoltenberg spoke about NATO’s continued financial and military support to the Afghan security forces and admitted that Afghan forces are suffering high causalities and there are still many problems and challenges.

“NATO continues to support the National Unity Government,” he added,” there are casualties in Afghanistan, but at least we have been able to train and to support the Afghan national forces so they are now fully in charge of the security situation in their own country and we will continue to do that.”

He also said that the reason why NATO is in Afghanistan is to prevent the country from becoming a safe haven for international terrorists.

The meeting between NATO-Russia comes after Moscow planned to host the third-round of talks on Afghanistan peace process and some U.S. generals said that Russia maybe supporting Taliban in Afghanistan

By Qayam Noori & Hesamuddin Hesam

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