Stoltenberg, Ghani discuss Afghanistan’s security situation
KABUL (Pajhwok): NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg phoned President Ashraf Ghani and discussed with him Afghanistan’s security situation and the future of the Resolute Support mission, the alliance said on Friday.
“Our conversation followed my recent discussions with allied leaders regarding the future of NATO’s presence in Afghanistan,” Stoltenberg was quoted as saying in the statement from NATO headquarters in Brussels.
The NATO chief reiterated his appreciation for US President Barack Obama’s announcement that the United States would maintain its current troop levels in Afghanistan through 2016 and would retain a substantial presence beyond 2016.
“This important decision paves the way for a sustained presence by NATO allies and partners in Afghanistan,” he said, commending the bravery of the Afghan National Security Forces leading security efforts across the country in a very challenging environment.
“I expressed my deepest regret over the recent tragedy affecting the Doctors without Borders hospital in Kunduz, and offered my condolences to the victims and their families.”
Stoltenberg stressed the need for thorough and transparent investigations, as well as the need to draw lessons and take any necessary steps to avoid similar events in the future.
He said he and President Ghani reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening the partnership between the alliance and Afghanistan. “In that regard, I also encouraged the unity government to continue efforts on reforms and good governance.”
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