NATO encourages Iran and Russia to support peace in Afghanistan
On 27 April 2018, the NATO secretary-general briefed the media after the NATO Foreign Ministers’ meeting. Jens Stoltenberg stressed the importance for Pakistan to cooperate effectively with Afghanistan. Mr. Stoltenberg adds: “Pakistan’s role will be essential. We encourage Pakistan to take additional steps. To close all terrorist sanctuaries and prevent terrorist financial flows and cross-border attacks. We also encourage Iran and Russia to contribute to regional stability. “
He also adds: “It’s obvious that this needs also support from countries in the region and all countries in the region should support an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process. But it’s not for NATO to decide exactly how that process is going to be organized because it’s going to be led and owned by the Afghan National Unity Government.”
NATO secretary general also confirms that everything we do in Afghanistan is very much about fighting terrorism. And we are in the process of increasing our presence there, with more training and more advice. We will also discuss, of course, the future of our Afghan mission, our mission in Afghanistan, at the next NATO Summit this July. At the same time, NATO continues to cooperate with with the Afghan security forces through its Resolute Support Mission. Recently, the Taliban have launched a campaign called Khandaq across Afghanistan, beginning with their spring operations.