NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says the alliance welcomes the resumption of negotiations between the US and the Taliban.
He emphasized NATO’s commitment to supporting the Afghan security forces and insisted that the Taliban need to sit at the negotiating table and make compromises, the Afghan 1TV Television Channel reports.
– We believe that the best way to be convinced that there is a reliable deal, a real deal, is to continue supporting the Afghan security forces, thereby sending a signal to the Taliban that we are ready to stay and that they will not win on the battlefield, Stoltenberg said.
He also said that it is necessary to prevent the threat of the Islamic State group spread in Afghanistan.
Last Thursday, US President Donald Trump paid an unannounced visit to Afghanistan. The American leader informed that negotiations between his country and the Taliban over a peace agreement have been resumed.
Meanwhile, the Taliban reaffirmed their readiness to resume peace talks with Washington.
Taliban official representative Zabiula Mujahid, in an interview with Reuters News Agency reporters, confirmed his readiness to begin peace talks with the United States.
– Our position remains the same. If peace talks begin, they will resume from the stage at which they stopped, Zabiula said.
The agency also reported that meetings are being held between the Taliban and Washington representatives in Doha, the capital city of Qatar. They have been going on since last weekend.