Stoltenberg: there is an opportunity to end conflict in Afghanistan
Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO presented his annual report of 2017 to media representatives. Mr. Stoltenberg told media, in an unpredictable world, the alliance is stepping up to keep our nations safe. He also addressed media about NATO Resolute support mission in Afghanistan. Mr. Stoltenberg added: “with the Alliance’s assistance, Afghan forces had increased military pressures on Taliban in 2017, ensuring that they did not achieve their strategic objective of capturing a provincial capital.”
While upcoming spring is estimated a dangerous year for Afghan civilians and military forces, NATO Secretary General assures Afghan government that NATO allies will stand shoulder by shoulder with the country and they are supporting Afghanistan peace process which assures a democratic society for Afghanistan as a result of it. He added: “We strongly support an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process. I commend President Ghani for his courageous leadership. His offer to the Taliban is the clearest invitation to peace yet. So I call on the Taliban to come to the negotiating table. There is an opportunity now to end the conflict”.
NATO top officials are calling on Taliban to come to negotiating table while, Afghanistan Chief executive officer Abdullah Abdullah, raise his concerns that opposition groups are not willing for peace and they are answering the government calls by war.