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‘No change in NATO cooperation with Afghan forces’

‘No change in NATO cooperation with Afghan forces’

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Aug 21, 2019 - 20:20

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Brig. Gen. Jürgen Brots took over on Wednesday as new commander of NATOinfo-icon’s Resolute Support mission in northern Afghanistaninfo-icon, replacing Brig. Gen Gerhard Klaffus.

The change of command ceremony was held in Mazar-i-Sharif City, the provincial capital of northern Balkh province, today.

Brots told media persons that there was no change in NATO’s cooperation with the Afghan forces.

He said NATO Resolute Support mission would continue supporting and cooperating with Afghan forces as they did previously.

Foreign and Afghan forces would jointly work to prevent terrorists from operating in Afghanistan, he said.

He said the Resolute Support mission was committed to assisting Afghan forces in ensuring security of Afghanistan besides training and advising them.

About Talibaninfo-icon-US peace negotiations, Gen. Brots said the process had reached a crucial stage and every moment the people of Afghanistan were inching closer to its results.

To achieve lasting peace on the Afghan soil, he said, all the sides should work hard and seriously.

Outgoing NATO Resolute Support mission commander for the northern zone, Gerhard Klaffus, said recently the security situation in the north had become more complicated.

Gerhard Klaffus, who severed for one year in the north, said the war had intensified, but the Afghan forces had the ability to ward off militant attacks.

He further said the abilities of Afghan forces had increased and they could carry out their mission successfully.

He said the withdrawal of foreign troops depended on the outcome of the ongoing peace talks. He said NATO allied came to Afghanistan together and would leave together.

Meanwhile, Afghan National Army’s 209th Shaheen Military Corps commander said they maintained cooperation with foreign troops during operations.

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