NATO in dilemma on troop exit, stay in Afghanistan 


KABUL: NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has stressed the Taliban insurgent group should fulfill its promises of reducing violence and cutting ties with terrorist organizations. 
During a conference held for welcoming the Belgian Minister of Defense Ludivine Dedonder to NATO Headquarters, Stoltenberg said, “Instead we see unacceptable levels of violence by the Taliban, including against doctors, judges, and journalists.” 
According to the Secretary-General, NATO faces a tough decision: stay and sustain military intervention, or leave and risk Afghanistan becoming a safe-haven for terrorists again.
“In Afghanistan, we went to avert another 9/11. We’ve got it sorted. Whatever route we choose now, we must ensure that Afghanistan is never a terrorist base again.” 
Meanwhile, Stoltenberg and Dedonder conferred on the future of NATO’s presence in Afghanistan, something to be addressed at the February 17-18 NATO Ministers of Defense conference.
This comes when U.S. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham recently said American soldiers would not leave Afghanistan in May, endorsing the Biden administration’s policy on Afghanistan and its effort to review the US-Taliban deal.