By: The Kakbul Times
Press point by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg following the North Atlantic Council meeting at Turkey’s request for Article 4 consultations on the situation in Syria
The Secretary General of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Jens Stoltenberg, reaffirmed the alliance’s support to Afghan forces as he called on Taliban to honor their commitment in a bid to pave the way for intra-Afghan talks.
Speaking to reporters alongside Prime Minister of Croatia, Stoltenberg said he discussed the historic opportunity for peace in Afghanistan.
Stoltenberg further added “And as you mentioned, I was in Kabul with President Ghani and US Defense Secretary Esper to welcome the signature of the framework agreement.”
“This is an opportunity to open negotiations among Afghans and achieve sustainable peace,” he said, adding that “In order to take that opportunity the Taliban must honour their commitments.”
He also added “We need to see a reduction in violence and avoid undermining the agreement.”
Stoltenberg said “NATO remains committed to Afghanistan’s security and stability. And we will continue to support the Afghan security forces with funding and with training.”
The U.S. and Taliban representatives signed a peace deal in Qatari capital of Doha after observing a week long reduction in violence. The two sides signed the deal after almost 18 months of negotiations.