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Stoltenberg: Norway, Germany Offer to Help with "Intra-Afghan" Peace Talks

13 Feb 2020 The Killid Group

(TKG) — NATO's Defense Ministers met yesterday, Feb 12, to address key issue, including NATO's presence in Afghanistan. NATO's Defense Ministers met in Brussels yesterday, Feb 12, to address key issues, including the Alliance's training mission in Iraq and the anti-terrorism fights. Ministers also discussed NATO's presence in Afghanistan, the challenges posed by Russia's missile systems and NATO-EU cooperation. Speaking in the press conference, NATO's Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, said that Norway and Germany have offered to help with "intra-Afghan" talks. Mr. Stoltenberg further said, "We strongly believe that that's the best way for NATO to support the peace process in the efforts to find a political, negotiated solution to the crisis in Afghanistan. And we would welcome any steps that can lead to a reduction of violence." He added, a clear message that is very important to be conveyed to the Taliban is that "they have to show and demonstrate a real will and ability to reduce violence and to engage in credible peace talks." Mr. Stoltenberg further added, NATO would remain committed to continuing its support to Afghanistan. NATO is preparing to host the "intra-Afghan dialogue" exactly at the time when the peace deal between the United States and the Taliban is closely to be signed in the near future, and the intra-Afghan talks will begin thereafter. The U.S. President Donald Trump has also "conditionally" approved the peace deal with the Taliban, reports said. The post Stoltenberg: Norway, Germany Offer to Help with "Intra-Afghan" Peace Talks appeared first on The Killid Group.

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