26 May 2017

News Story: NATO Chief Urges Russia To Support Afghan Peace Process

Addressing a press conference on the eve of the Meeting of Heads of State in Brussels, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday afternoon reiterated the organization’s commitment to Afghanistan but also called on Russia to support an Afghan-led peace process.

This was in answer to a question on Russia’s recent contact with the Taliban, which was posed by TOLOnews’ Lotfullah Najafizada at the press conference.

"The aim is to reconcile and find a negotiated solution. And this has to be an Afghan-led peace process.

"We have seen reports  (of Russia’s contact with the Taliban), but haven’t seen any proof of direct support to the Taliban from Russia,” he added.   

Asked what he expects from an increase in troops in Afghanistan, especially with Daesh being so strong in the country and the fact that they are not necessarily directly related to Daesh in the Middle East, Stoltenberg said the situation in Afghanistan today is very different to that a few years ago.

He said NATO and the U.S has been able to build up a strong Afghan national army and security force.

The security forces "have proven capable and professional and have proven able to fight the many different types of terrorist groups, including ISIS (Daesh) in Afghanistan."

Read the full story at TOLOnews