Afghanistan Can’t Become Terrorist Haven Again, NATO Chief Says | NBC News
NATO: Afghanistan must not become a terrorist haven again
NATO Secretary General comments on Trump’s announcement of US withdrawal from Afghanistan by Christmas
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday commented on the statement of US President Donald Trump on the withdrawal of all American troops from Afghanistan by Christmas, saying that the issue of the withdrawal of the military from the country will be jointly accepted by all participants in the operation in Afghanistan..
Stoltenberg did not directly answer the question of whether the plan for the withdrawal of American troops was agreed with the Allies, instead recalling that the reason why NATO troops were in Afghanistan was the attack on the United States..
“When the United States came under attack on September 11, 2001, NATO applied Article 5 on collective defense for the first time in history. And hundreds of thousands of soldiers from Europe and Canada served shoulder to shoulder with American soldiers in Afghanistan to prevent terrorists from taking control of this country, “Stoltenberg said..
NATO Secretary General stressed that in the interests of global security, Afghanistan should not be allowed to once again become a platform for terrorists.
Stoltenberg confirmed that NATO supports the peace process and welcomes negotiations between the official Kabul and the Taliban, and also recalled that NATO has already reduced its presence in Afghanistan. Not so long ago, more than 100 thousand NATO troops took part in military operations in the country, but now there are approximately 12 thousand NATO soldiers from Europe and the United States in Afghanistan, who support and train the Afghan security forces..
“It is in our interests to maintain the long-term security of Afghanistan … Together we decided to come to Afghanistan, together we will make decisions on future adjustments, and when the time comes, we will leave (from Afghanistan) together,” Stoltenberg stressed.
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