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NATO insists on counterterrorism & supporting ANDSF

NATO Chief

US-led NATO forces general commander to Afghanistan Gen. Scott Miller in his recent remarks has stressed on supporting the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) and counterterrorism in the country.
Supporting also the ongoing peace efforts, US commander said: “We’re making effort to reach fair and lasting peace which is the desire of all Afghans. We will continue to support the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) and fight on terror.”
Miller added that relations between Afghanistan, US and NATO member countries were based on common interests and values and would continue as before.
Meanwhile, Afghan security and defense organs by praising NATO member countries in particular US for supporting the country’s ANDSF say Afghan security forces need NATO’s continued support and cooperation.
The country’s President and chief executive have also considered relations between Afghanistan and its international partners in particular US as based on common interests and values, stressing on continuation of the relations.
Previously, NATO Secretary – General Jens Stoltenberg had praised ANDSF for their bravery and honestly fighting terrorism, saying that NATO witnessed capabilities of the ANDSF in fighting on terror.
This week, NATOs’ foreign ministers will discuss the United States efforts to reach a political settlement in Afghanistan when they meet in Washington as US special envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad has held multiple rounds of peace talks with the Taliban, with the side citing progress on issues of preventing Afghanistan from being used by terrorist groups and troop withdrawal.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that the alliance had not made any decisions on their future role in Afghanistan as it would depend on the outcome of the peace process.
He said that NATO remains committed to its mission in Afghanistan, adding the best way to reach a peaceful negotiated solution is to send a message to the Taliban that they will not win on the battlefield.
Stoltenberg, however, noted that NATO doesn’t want to stay in Afghanistan longer than necessary.
“We would like to create the conditions for us to be able to draw down our presence, but that depends on the negotiations,” he said.
Meanwhile, a number of Afghan military experts believe that military presence of NATO troops in Afghanistan for training and support the country’s ANDSF is effective and needed.
“There is no doubt that NATO forces are cooperating Afghanistan in maintaining security and training the country’s defense and security forces; therefore, their presence in the country is a need,” an Afghan military expert Javed Kohistani said.
It is worth mentioning that the United States has about 14,000 troops in Afghanistan as part of a NATO-led mission, known as Resolute Support, and a US counter-terrorism mission largely directed against groups such as Islamic State and al-Qaeda. Some 8000 troops from 38 other countries are participating in Resolute Support.
Suraya Raiszada

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.