Statement by the NATO Secretary General on Afghanistan

  • 21 Feb. 2020 -
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  • Press Release (2020) 024
  • Issued on 21 Feb. 2020
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  • Last updated: 21 Feb. 2020 14:10

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

I welcome today’s announcement that an understanding has been reached on a significant reduction in violence across Afghanistan.

This is a critical test of the Taliban’s willingness and ability to reduce violence, and contribute to peace in good faith.

This could pave the way for negotiations among Afghans, sustainable peace, and ensuring the country is never again a safe haven for terrorists.

NATO Allies have been in Afghanistan since 2001.  NATO currently has 16,000 troops in the country to support the Afghan security forces with training and funding, so that they can create the conditions for peace.  NATO remains committed to Afghanistan’s long-term security and stability.