By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: The Supreme Commander-in-Chief of Armed Forces meeting was chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani here yesterday afternoon and discussed the latest developments regarding the general security situation in the country, a statement said.
At the meeting, which took place at the presidential palace, security and defense officials reported on the general security situation in the country, the enemy’s movements, and plans to repel them, the presidential palace statement added.
President Ghani and the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, while emphasizing greater coordination between the security and defense organs of the country, instructed to accelerate their efforts and take urgent measures to thwart the enemy’s evil plots and plans to better ensure the security of the people.
This comes as Security officials under NATO command have approached Qatar to set up a base that can be used to train Afghan special forces. The oil-rich nation of Qatar has been home to the Taliban’s political office since 2013.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the alliance’s leaders have committed to continue to provide training and financial support to the Afghan security forces.
The US remains committed to its plan to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by September 11, after two decades of war. Joining the US troops would be troops from 36 countries involved in NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan. The Resolute Support had been committed to train and equip Afghan security forces to fight the extremist Islamist group Taliban, which was ousted from power in 2001.
“We are holding talks to earmark a base in Qatar to create an exclusive training ground for senior members of the Afghan forces,” a senior Western security official in Kabul said.
Representatives of the US and Taliban have been meeting in Qatar to negotiate peace in Afghanistan and the former pulling out troops from Afghan soil.