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Statement by the NATO Secretary General on Afghanistan

NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

21 Feb. 2020

Press Release (2020) 024
Issued on 21 Feb. 2020

Press conference by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg ahead of meetings of NATO Foreign Ministers and following a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council

I welcome today's announcement that an understanding has been reached on a significant reduction in violence across Afghanistan.

This is a critical test of the Taliban's willingness and ability to reduce violence, and contribute to peace in good faith.

This could pave the way for negotiations among Afghans, sustainable peace, and ensuring the country is never again a safe haven for terrorists.

NATO Allies have been in Afghanistan since 2001. NATO currently has 16,000 troops in the country to support the Afghan security forces with training and funding, so that they can create the conditions for peace. NATO remains committed to Afghanistan's long-term security and stability.

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