NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called on the Taliban and the Afghan government to negotiate in “good faith” and that NATO is preparing for a very hard decision on Afghanistan next year.
Speaking at a pre-ministerial press conference on Monday, Mr Stoltenberg said that NATO currently has roughly 11,000 troops in Afghanistan, stressing that the training mission will continue.
“In a phone call with president-elect Joe Biden, I underlined the importance of Afghanistan and I also pointed out the dilemma we face,” he said. ““we are also preparing for a very hard and difficult decision next year,” he added.
The Secretary-General underlined that the reduction of foreign troops from Afghanistan is depended on the fulfillment of commitments made in the US-Taliban agreement as well as the obligations made by the Taliban.
Mr Stoltenberg welcomed the intra-Afghan peace talks in Doha, but called on the Taliban to meet their all obligations and the Afghan government to seize this historic opportunity.
“Please, negotiate in good faith,” he said.
The Secretary General continued that while assessing the progress in the peace process, he is looking forward to work with the Biden administration on Afghanistan and that whether the conditions are ready for leaving this country or not.