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NATO calls on the Taliban to break links with global terrorist groups

NATO calls on the Taliban to break links with global terrorist groups

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Jun 16, 2020 - 15:47

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhowk): NATOinfo-icon Defence Ministers would discuss the alliance missions and operations in Afghanistaninfo-icon and in Iraq during upcoming two-day meetings of Allied Defence Ministers , according to a statement issued on Tuesday.

Addressing a press conference NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that in Afghanistan, the situation remained challenging.

“NATO will continue to adjust our presence in support of the peace process. But for the peace to succeed, the Talibaninfo-icon must live up to their commitments by reducing violence, break all bonds with Al Qaida and other international terrorist groups, and engage in intra-Afghan talks in good faith.

According to the NATO statement, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, NATO and Allied armed forces have played a key role in supporting civilian efforts: 

  • With some 350 flights airlifting hundreds of tons of critical supplies around the worldinfo-icon;
  • Almost 100 field hospitals;
  • And more than half a million of troops have supported the civilian response.

All of this has helped to save lives.

Now, NATO is preparing for any future healthinfo-icon crisis. I expect ministers will agree on three things:

  • A new operational plan, to be ready for any second wave of COVID-19;
  • A stockpile of medical equipment to provide immediate assistance to Allies and partner countries;
  • And a fund to acquire critical medical supplies.

These three elements together will ensure that we can strengthen our response to a possible second wave of the pandemic. So that critical assistance gets to the right place at the right time.

But COVID-19 does not mean that other challenges have gone away. 

Ministers will also discuss the NATO requirements for national resilience.  These cover critical sectors such as energy, transport, and tele-communications. Any vulnerability in these areas can be exploited by potential adversaries.

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