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NATO welcomes efforts to restart Afghan peace talks

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LONDON: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in a press briefing following the NATO Leaders Meeting in London has welcomed efforts to restart the Afghan peace talks.

“NATO supported the talks because we believe that we need a political negotiated solution in Afghanistan. The US has consulted closely with all the NATO Allies and partners throughout the process. Both political levels, but also of course Ambassador Khalilzad been many times in Brussels. So we are closely consulting on the efforts to restart the peace talks in Afghanistan.”

“I welcome also of course the efforts to try to either have some kind of ceasefire and or at least a reduction in violence but I will not be specific on the exact preconditions for restarting the peace talks.”

He furthered: What I can say is that we are committed to continue to support Afghanistan. Because we strongly believe that the best way NATO can support the peace efforts is to train, assist and advise the Afghan security forces so that the Taliban understand that they will never win on the battlefield.”

He added that, “They have to sit down and make real and serious compromises at the negotiating table. So we will continue to be in Afghanistan and we really hope that the peace process will provide us with a credible peace deal.”

This comes as the U.S peace envoy, Zalmai Khalilzad has arrived in Kabul on Wednesday, where he will hold talks with Afghan leaders over revival of the peace negotiations.

The 2 days ‘NATO’s 70th anniversary and the leaders meeting’ was held on the 3-4 December 2019 in London.

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