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Two-day NATO Summit Kicks Off in Brussels

11 Jul 2018 Ariana News

NATO head of state summit kicked off on Wednesday in Brussels with heads of states and partners from 43 countries, including President Ghani and the U.S. President Donald Trump.  

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday in Brussels, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stressed that the Taliban will not win on the battlefield and will gain much more if they sit down on negotiating table with the Afghan government.

“Message to the Taliban is that they will not win on the battlefield. They have to sit down at the negotiating table,” Stoltenberg said.

“We will continue to support the Afghan security forces,” he said.

 NATO chief also welcomed the government’s unconditioned peace talks and ceasefire with the Taliban.

The alliance’s leaders are expected to extend funding for Afghan forces beyond 2020.

Earlier, Stoltenberg said that NATO is increasing its commitment to Afghanistan both in forces and funding. He noted that the NATO’s leaders would express their full support for Afghan President Ghani’s “bold” peace initiative and his government’s reforms at the NATO summit.

At the two-day NATO summit, one of the Afghan government leaders is expected to deliver his remark on Thursday.

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