Statement on Afghanistan by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

  • 17 May. 2020 -
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  • Press Release (2020) 046
  • Issued on 17 May. 2020
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  • Last updated: 17 May. 2020 16:33

I welcome the decision taken by Afghanistan’s political leaders to resolve their differences and join efforts to form an inclusive government.

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and continued Taliban violence against their fellow Afghans, it is more important than ever that all Afghan leaders unite and work towards enduring peace in Afghanistan. We call on the Taliban to live up to their commitments, reduce violence now, take part in intra-Afghan negotiations, and make real compromises for lasting peace and the benefit of all Afghans.

All parties should seize this unprecedented opportunity for peace.  We need to see a comprehensive agreement which ends violence; safeguards the human rights of all Afghans, including women; upholds the rule of law; and eliminates terrorist safe havens once and for all.

NATO Allies and partners remain firmly committed to Afghanistan’s long-term security and stability, through our Resolute Support training mission, and with funding.