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Stoltenberg sees peace only in Afghan-led talks

AT News Report-KABUL: Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General met with President Ashraf Ghani in the sidelines of Munich Security Conference; they discussed Afghan government owned and led peace process and joint combat against terrorism, and stressed on regional countries’ sincere cooperation on peace in Afghanistan, Presidental Palace said in a statement Saturday.

Stoltenberg said that NATO is firm on its commitments to Afghanistan, and asserted that peace in Afghanistan is not viable unless led and owned by the government of Afghanistan.

“President Ghani thanked NATO member nations for their support to Afghanistan, and said that Afghans from all provinces will hold a comprehensive discussion on peace in a consultative Loya Jirga that will be organized within a month,” the statement added.

This comes as recently President Ghani said that his administration would soon convene Consultative Loya Jirga for peace to seek ways out of current challenges

In an interview with TOLOnews on Feb. 14, the NATO chief Stoltenberg said the alliance and the United States’ presence in Afghanistan over the past 18 years has not only helped fight terrorist groups but it has also provided security in order to support Afghans to create the conditions for social and economic development.

Stoltenberg said NATO’s presence in Afghanistan has paved the ground for Afghanistan to never again become a safe haven or breeding ground for international terrorism.

He said NATO’s presence and the presence of the United States has been key in the fight against terrorist groups, such as Daesh and Al Qaeda.

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