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NATO supports Ghani’s peace, reform agenda: Stoltenberg

NATO supports Ghani’s peace, reform agenda: Stoltenberg

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Jul 10, 2018 - 21:02

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): NATOinfo-icon Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday said the alliance fully supported President Ashraf Ghani’s peace and reform strategy.

The secretary general was addressing a press conference in Brussels, Belgium, ahead of a heads of state and government summit of the NATO member countries in Brussels on July 11 and 12.

Referring to the Saudi summit on Afghan peace, Stoltenberg said they supported every effort which could bring about peace and stability to Afghanistaninfo-icon. “We will stay in Afghanistan to bring pressure on the Talibaninfo-icon so they join process,” he said.

On reforms, Stoltenberg said NATO supported the Afghan government and President Ghani in this regard.

A dedication session on Afghanistan is to be held on July 12 when NATO allies will make decisions about the Resolute Support mission and financial support for Afghan security forces.

Shafiq Hamdam, a political analyst and former NATO advisor in Afghanistan, said the NATO summit was not only important for the allies but also for Afghanistan.

All NATO allies, particularly the US, would reaffirm their commitments to financial supporting the Afghan national security forces until 2024, he said. Possible negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban would also be discussed.

President Ashraf Ghani has flown to Brussels, the capital of Belgium, to attend the NATO heads of states meeting, an official said on Tuesday.

Deputy Presidential Spokesman Shah Hussain Murtazavi told reporters here that the NATO summit would discuss Afghanistan on Thursday.

“Afghanistan, cross border terrorism, support to the peace process and fight against criminal economic networks are part of the agenda of the NATO heads of states summit,” he said.

On Wednesday, the president will meet with some heads of friendly countries and on Thursday he would participate in the NATO summit.

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