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NATO Secretary General says Taliban must live up to their commitments

21 Oct 2020 - 12:49
21 Oct 2020 - 12:49

KABUL to live up to their commitments.

Speaking online ahead of the meetings of NATO Defence Ministers in Brussels, Stoltenberg said NATO has around 12,000 troops in the alliance’s biggest mission in Afghanistan.
He added as part of the peace process, the western military alliance had adjusted its presence in the war-torn country and any further adjustments remained conditions-based.

He said the Taliban must live up to their commitments, significantly reduce the levels of violence, and pave the way for a ceasefire.

“They (Taliban) must break all ties with Al-Qaeda and other international terrorist groups and they must negotiate in good faith.”

The NATO chief believed the talks in Doha offered the best chance for peace in a generation and they must preserve the gains made at such high price over the last two decades, including for women and girls.

“NATO remains committed to Afghanistan’s long-term security. And just this week, NATO allies and partners renewed their commitment to provide financial support to the Afghan forces through 2024.”

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