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NATO Supporting Kabul to Create Condition for Peaceful Solution: SG

(Last Updated On: February 12, 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 Tuesday ahead of a two-day meeting between defense ministers of the alliance in Brussels, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the situation in Afghanistan remains difficult, but they also see efforts for peace.

Stoltenberg made the remarks a day after he met with U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, who has held three round of talks in the last few weeks with him.   

The NATO Chief said that the allies have been kept closely updated by the United States.

“We continue to consult on the implications of a possible peace deal and how NATO can support it,” he said.

The U.S. and the Taliban have reached agreements in principle, following several rounds of talks in multiple venues to reach into a political settlement and end the nearly two decades of war in Afghanistan.

“It is too early to say if there will be a deal,” Stoltenberg said. ” NATO continues to help the Afghan security forces create the conditions for a peaceful solution.”

“What is clear is this: we went into Afghanistan together, and together we will determine our future posture based on conditions we determine with the Afghans,” Stoltenberg noted.

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