NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

NATO chief welcomes deal between Afghan political leaders to end deadlock

Brussels:  The chief of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) welcomed the deal reached between Afghanistan”s political leaders to end the political deadlock.

“I welcome the decision by Afghanistan”s political leaders to resolve their differences & join efforts to form an inclusive government. NATO remains committed to supporting Afghanistan build lasting peace,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg tweeted on Sunday, Xinhua news agency reported.

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and continued Taliban violence against their fellow Afghans, it is more important than ever that all Afghan leaders unite and work towards enduring peace in Afghanistan.

In a statement, the NATO chief urged all parties including Taliban to live up to their commitments, reduce violence now, take part in intra-Afghan negotiations, and make real compromises for lasting peace and the benefit of all Afghans.

All parties should seize this unprecedented opportunity for peace.  We need to see a comprehensive agreement which ends violence; safeguards the human rights of all Afghans, including women; upholds the rule of law; and eliminates terrorist safe havens once and for all, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in a statment.

NATO Allies and partners remain firmly committed to Afghanistan’s long-term security and stability, through our Resolute Support training mission, and with funding.

Afghanistan”s President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah, who also claimed victory in the presidential election, inked an agreement on Sunday to end the political deadlock following last year”s presidential election, presidential spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said on Twitter.

Under the agreement, Ghani remains as president and Abdullah heads the High Council for National Reconciliation to lead the peace talks with the Taliban.


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