Stoltenberg terms Doha talks a ‘generational’ opportunity for peace


KABUL: Amid a recent surge in violence in Afghanistan, NATO has reiterated its pledge to ensure the country’s long-term security, calling on the Taliban to live up to their commitments in terms of reducing violence.

NATO’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg made the remarks at a pre-ministerial meeting in Brussels on Wednesday.

Stoltenberg stated that 12,000 NATO troops were currently stationed in Afghanistan, adding the western military alliance was adjusting the troops based on the Afghan peace process; however, any further amendments would be conditions-based.

Taliban must adhere to their commitments significantly in reducing the levels of violence and paving the way for a ceasefire, he said.

He emphasized that “they [Taliban] must break all ties with Al-Qaeda and other international terrorist groups, and they must negotiate in good faith.”

The Stoltenberg believed that talks in Doha offered the best opportunity for peace in a generation.

“NATO remains committed to Afghanistan’s long-term security. And just this week, NATO allies and partners renewed their commitment to provide financial support to the Afghan forces through 2024,” he added.