2016 a year of national stability in Afghanistan: Atmar
Atmar was talking to Russian ambassador Alexander Mantytskiy in Kabul a day after US intelligence chief James Clapper said Afghanistan was at serious risk of a political breakdown in 2016.
The US spymaster also said the Taliban were not willing to join the peace process and the rebels had largely coalesced and were relatively cohesive under the leadership of Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor, despite some early opposition to his election.
A statement from NSA’s office quoted Atmar as saying that the Afghanistan government was committed to fighting all local and international terrorists including Daesh or Islamic State.
He said the international alliance against the Islamic State would make stronger the Afghan government’s resolve to eliminate the IS threat.
The national security advisor said the national unity government in cooperation with international allies and through effective economic and security strategies would be able to acheive stability in 2016.
The Russian envoy praised Afghanistan’s clear cut policy towards the Islamic State and other terrorist groups and said Moscow was ready for all-out cooperation in this regard.
He said Russia stood firm on its pledge to cooperate in equipping Afghan forces and part of the promised aid in this regard would be reaching Kabul soon.
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