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NATO ready to cooperate in Afghan election security: Miller

NATO ready to cooperate in Afghan election security: Miller

May 21, 2019 - 19:52

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): NATOinfo-icon’s Resolute Support Mission (RSM) commander Gen. Scott Miller on Tuesday said the alliance supported the Afghan presidential election and ready to cooperate in maintaining security for the democratic exercise.

He expressed these views during a press conference in response to questions of Pajhwok Afghan News reporter today here.

Miller said he had a joint meeting with officials of Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon), the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Defense, National Directorate of Security and National Security Council (NSC) on Monday.

He said they discussed in details the Afghan presidential election, preparations for the process and its security.

Maintaining security for the election is the responsibility of Afghan forces and they are able to do this job greatly but NATO is also ready for full cooperation in this area, he said.

Miller said they would be ready when the Afghan forces and the IEC requested them for help.

However, he did not provide details about the nature of cooperation NATO would provide during the presidential election. Miller hailed the Afghan forces for their sacrifices for their country and people.

In response to a question about civilian casualties, Miller said most of the times they stop their operation in order to prevent civilian losses.

He expressed his concern over civilian casualties and said they did not want to inflict losses on the public.

Miller said Al-Qaeda insurgent group was still present in Afghanistaninfo-icon and was operating in different regions of this country.

He called Daesh or so called Islamic State (IS) a dangerous group and said they together with the Afghan forces were continuing fight against the insurgents.

He added peace was a priority for all and Afghans wanted it. “It is a political process and discussions are ongoing on the regard”, he said.



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