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NATO to prevent Daesh resurgence in Afghanistan

NATO to prevent Daesh resurgence in Afghanistan

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Nov 30, 2019 - 14:34

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): NATOinfo-icon secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says they would not allow the Islamic State (IS) to rise again in Afghanistaninfo-icon or make a caliphate there.

Addressing a press conference in Brussels, Stoltenberg said NATO leaders would meet in London next week and together they would mark the 70th anniversary of the most successful alliance in history.

Stoltenberg said NATO leaders would make decisions on a wide range of issues, including further improvements to the readiness of alliance forces.

“We have raised the readiness of our forces and for the first time in our history we have combat-ready troops in the east of our Alliance. We fight terrorism, including with training missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

The NATO chief said they would continue their combat and play a key role in preventing the resurgence of the IS (Daesh) and other global terrorist groups.

While welcoming the resumption of peace talks in Afghanistan, he asked the Talibaninfo-icon to make real compromises to achieve a credible deal. He added NATO continued to support Afghan security forces to create the conditions for peace.

Responding to a question, Stoltenberg said: “I welcome contacts, talks between the US and Taliban. This is also something which the US is consulting with other NATO allies regularly.

“It’s extremely important that we prevent ISIS from establishing themselves in Afghanistan, or trying to re-establish a kind of caliphate in Afghanistan, which they lost in the Levant,” he concluded.

sa/mud

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