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NATO Foreign Ministers urge Taliban to join fellow Afghans

NATO Foreign Ministers urge Taliban to join fellow Afghans

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Dec 06, 2018 - 14:36

BRUSSELS (Pajhwok): NATO member countries have reminded the Taliban that “they will never achieve their ambitions” through fighting and urged them to join their fellow Afghans, including the government.

In their statement on Afghanistan after a two-day (Dec 4,5) meeting in Brussels, Foreign Ministers of the countries contributing to the NATOinfo-icon-led Resolute Support Mission reaffirmed their steadfast commitment to ensuring long-term security and stability in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

Paying tribute to the fallen soldiers, the Foreign Ministers reaffirmed the decisions on continued support to Afghanistan taken at July 2018 NATO Summit in Brussels.

The NATO Foreign Ministers said the historic ceasefire during Eid al-Fitr shown the world that the Afghans want peace and that violence could be stopped.

Emphasizing that there is no military solution to the Afghan conflict, the NATO Foreign Ministers said the Talibaninfo-icon must join their fellow Afghans, including the government, at the negotiating table and play a meaningful role in an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led political process.

The Foreign Ministers also said that regional actors had the means to foster peace and stability in Afghanistan and they welcome their support for a negotiated political solution.

“We encourage Afghanistan’s neighbours to contribute to regional stability by respecting and fully supporting an Afghan peace and reconciliation process, and by providing support for Afghan economic development. We also note and support regionally owned and led efforts to achieve economic stability and development through the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process, and the Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan. We also urge Afghanistan’s neighbours to deny any form of support for the insurgency.”

Elections

The Foreign Ministers recognized the parliamentary elections in October 2018 as a clear sign of Afghan support for the democratic process. “Voters, one third of them female, defied threats of violence and went to polling stations to shape the future of their country. This is an encouraging sign of their determination and ownership.”

They condemned in strongest possible terms all acts of violence committed by insurgent and terrorist groups in Afghanistan before, during and after the electoral process.

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