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We Should Not Stay in Afghanistan Longer Than Necessary Stoltenberg

We Should Not Stay in Afghanistan Longer Than Necessary: Stoltenberg

WASHINGTON – NATO should not stay any longer than is necessary, chief of the alliance, Jens Stoltenberg said in a rare address to the US Congress.
Jens Stoltenberg said that NATO remains in Afghanistan to fight terrorism and to train Afghan forces.
“Our goal is not to stay there forever,” he said and added, “We should not stay any longer than is necessary.”
Some 8,000 troops from 38 US’s NATO allies are participating in Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan.
US has held several rounds of peace negotiations with the Taliban and the sides have cited development on preventing Afghanistan from being used by terrorist groups and troop pull-out.
“We went in together, we will decide on our future presence together, and when the time comes, we will leave together,” Stoltenberg told the US Congress.
He also reiterated NATO’s full support for the Afghan peace process.
“It must pave the way for Afghan reconciliation. There can only be peace, if Afghanistan stays free from international terrorists,” Stoltenberg said
“And for peace to be sustainable it must build on our achievements,” he said, and further added, “NATO has created the conditions for social and economic progress, bringing education and human rights to women and girls.”
“Their rights must be preserved,” he concluded.
(Sahar News)

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