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NATO says won't stay in Afghanistan longer than necessary

NATO will not stay in Afghanistan longer than necessary, the alliance's chief said this week while meeting with acting US defense secretary in Washington.
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AVA- Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said this amid talks between the United States and the Taliban.
He expressed support for the ongoing efforts to try to find a peaceful solution in Afghanistan.
He said that the goal of NATO presence in Afghanistan is to create the conditions for a peaceful, negotiated solution to make sure that the country never again becomes a safe haven for international terrorists and to send a message to Taliban that they will not win on the battlefield.
“We will not stay longer than necessary, but we will not leave before we have a situation which enables to leave or at reduce the number of troops without jeopardizing the main goal of our presence, and that is to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a safe haven for international terrorists once again,” Stoltenberg said.
Stoltenberg said that US peace envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, briefed all allies a few weeks ago. “We are encouraged by what we see now, the progress and – and talks with Taliban,” he said.
Thursday 31 January 2019 00:15
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