Uptick in Afghan unrest increases our responsibility: NATO
KABUL (Pajhwok): NATO’s Senior Civilian Representative (SCR) Ismail Aramaz has said the joint responsibility of Afghanistan and its international allies has increased following recent deterioration in security in some parts of the war-torn country.
Aramaz, who met Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Naseer Ahmad Andesha in Kabul, said they should overcome challenges in Afghanistan with mutual cooperation, a statement from the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
The NATO official insisted on commitments some NATO member countries had made about the stay of their forces in Afghanistan.
Due to the current challenges and recent changes in some parts of the country, he said, the joint responsibilities of Afghanistan and its international backers had increased and they should deal with the problems through mutual consultation and cooperation. “Our joint aim is to maintain peace and stability in the country,” the statement quoted him as saying.
The NATO representative asked the Afghan government to participate in the upcoming NATO heads of states meeting to be held in Brussels in the near future.
For his part, Andesha welcomed the announcement of some NATO countries to keep their troops in Afghanistan and thanked them for their cooperation with Afghanistan in the past.
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