Afghanistan shows the strength of NATO, bringing Allies, partners together, addressing a common challenge to prevent Afghanistan from once again becoming a safe haven for international terrorists. And it’s extremely important that we avoid or prevent ISIS to establish themselves in Afghanistan, or to try to re-establish a kind of terrorist caliphate in Afghanistan, which they lost in the Levant, said Jens Stoltenberg.
Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary general for NATO briefed the journalists in a press conference about the agenda of the NATO’s leaders meeting which will happen on 3rd and 4th of December in London and assured that the NATO’s mission in Afghanistan will be part of the talks.
Leaders will take stock of NATO’s role in the fight against terrorism when they meet next week including our training missions in Iraq and Afghanistan which continue to play a key role in preventing the resurgence of ISIS and other terrorist groups, Stoltenberg added.
The NATO secretary general also welcomed the ‘contacts’ between United States and the Taliban group in Afghanistan as the peace talks resume.
“I welcome that there are contacts, talks between the United States and the Taliban. This is also something which the US is consulting with other NATO Allies on regularly. Secretary Pompeo has discussed, briefed Allies. Ambassador Khalilzad had briefed Allies, discussed this with Allies. And we are consulting all the time, because it’s not only US that is in Afghanistan, but you have to remember that there are also many non-US troops in Afghanistan. And this remains our biggest military operation outside Europe”, he said.
This comes as the president of United States, Donald Trump paid a surprise visit to Afghanistan last week, saying that the Taliban wants to make deal.
Trump said the U.S. and Taliban have been engaged in peace talks and insisted the Taliban want to make a deal after heavy U.S. fire in recent months and he was optimistic about a ceasefire as peace talk resume.
“We are saying it has to be a ceasefire. And they don’t want to do a ceasefire, but now they do want to do a ceasefire, I believe… and we’ll see what happens.”, he said.