NATO FMs confer on future strategies for Afghan mission


KABUL: Following the US decision on troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, the NATO foreign ministers are conferring on the alliance’s strategy for the coming year in the country.

In the two-day virtual meeting that began on Tuesday, the ministers emphasized the critical dilemmas for NATO, including an outside professional panel report on how to further acclimate the alliance for the future.

Meanwhile, the NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg declared that the ministers of foreign affairs would discuss the alliance’s strategy for the coming years and its procedures in Afghanistan and Iraq on December 1st and 2nd. 

He stated that the future of the alliance training mission in Afghanistan would be one of the most central issues.

Stoltenberg further specified that the coalition was getting ready for a hard decision on Afghanistan next year and urged the Afghan government and the Taliban to negotiate in good faith. 

“Please, negotiate in good faith,” the secretary-general called on the Afghan parties in Doha, adding “I would work with the Biden administration on Afghanistan and that whether the conditions were suitable for exiting.”

The drawdown of foreign troops from Afghanistan was linked to the fulfillment of commitments made in the US-Taliban agreement and the militant movement’s obligations, he concluded.