NATO wants peaceful settlement of Afghan issue: Said Jens

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US troops in Afghanistan (File Photo)

Nasib Shah Shinwari

LANDIKOTAL: The NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday has said that we are supporting the peace struggles in Afghanistan and we want a peaceful solution of war in Afghanistan.

 According to Afghan media report, the NATO Secretary General was addressing journalists before the launching of the defense ministers meeting in Brussels and said that  Nato forces want that Afghan issue be resolved through political process.

 He praised the role of Afghanistan’s president Dr. Ashraf Ghani for the ceasefire with the Taliban group and the peace process with Taliban which he launched last year.

 He said that NATO with Afghanistan government would jointly decide best about the future of Afghanistan.

The NATO secretary general said that we were fully supporting the peace process and struggles for peace in Afghanistan and if any deal of the peace taken place, the NATO would work for its implementation.

 He said that we want a peaceful and political settlement of the war in Afghanistan and for that purpose we were in close contact with the US special representative in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad.

He said that yet the NATO force has not taken any decision about the withdrawl of troops from Afghanistan but the NATO was fully in the favor of peace talks and it seeks a political resolution of the issue in Afghanistan.

 He said NATO doesn’t want to be forever in Afghanistan but want to fight terrorism in the country.

 It is pertinent to mention here that US-Taliban second round of peace talks would be launched on 25th Feb,2019 in Doha Qattar for which Afghan Taliban has announced the names.

 The names of some well-known Taliban leaders are also included in the 14 members list who has freed from the Guantanamo Bay detention center who would represent Afghan Taliban in negotiations with US officials.