BRUSSELS (SW) - The NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, has reiterated the alliance’s firm support for the Afghan government.
Addressing a presser ahead of the NATO Summit in Brussels, he welcomed the International Ulema Conference on Peace and Security in Afghanistan hosted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and said the alliance supports all efforts by countries and organizations aimed at ensuring peace and stability in Afghanistan.
While stressing that Afghanistan would not be left alone, Secretary General Stoltenberg welcomed the peace process and underlined the security forces on the ground would continue to strive for a peaceful Afghanistan.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah are also attending the NATO Summit.
The two-day NATO Summit would close with a meeting on Afghanistan. “Our presence in Afghanistan is vital to ensuring the country never again becomes a safe haven for international terrorism. And Allies are increasing their commitment, both in forces and funding”, he said, adding at the Summit is expected to agree to extend funding for the Afghan forces beyond 2020.
“And, we’ll express our full support for President Ghani’s bold peace initiative. And his government’s reforms”.