• publish: 16 February 2019
  • time: 10:56 am
  • category: Excerpted
  • No: 7021

America`s Acting Defense Secretary: Any withdraw plan from Afghanistan will be coordinated with NATO

Speaking at the end of a meeting with NATO defense ministers in Brussels, America`s Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said the US will coordinate any planned moves in Afghanistan closely with NATO.

This comes as America`s peace talks with the Taliban is continuing and President Trump has said he wants to leave the country, and expressed frustration with a lack of progress in the war.

Shanahan said any changes “will be coordinated with NATO. We’re together.” 
The statement comes as US negotiators have met with the Taliban, without representatives from NATO or Afghanistan, to work toward a “framework” for peace. 
At the NATO meeting, officials discussed “how do we double down” in support of Afghan forces and “put even more pressure on the Taliban” to create “diplomatic leverage” for the negotiations. 
“We need to talk about the possibility for peace, this may be our moment,” Shanahan said. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, in his closing speech, said the future of the mission is something the entire organization needs to focus on together. 
“We are in this mission together and we will take decisions regarding the future of the mission together,” he said.

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