NATO Allies and partners reaffirm firm support to Ambassador Khalilzad
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with the United States Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, at NATO Headquarters on Wednesday (5 June 2019). Ambassador Khalilzad also briefed all 41 NATO Allies and Resolute Support Mission operational partners on his latest efforts in support for peace in Afghanistan.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad“Afghanistan remains NATO’s highest operational priority, and together with our operational partners, we remain committed to our goal of ensuring Afghanistan never again becomes a platform to export terrorism,” said the Secretary General.
“Ambassador Khalilzad has created a genuine platform for peace discussions, and this issue is now high up on the agenda of all Afghan political players and Afghan people in general,” he added.
“It is in the interest of our Afghan friends and in the interest of us all that these peace talks succeed. One essential condition for this success is that we are all on the same page and that we all push in the same direction to secure peace,” said Mr. Stoltenberg.
He stressed that the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission helps create the conditions for peace, with training and funding for the Afghan security forces.
This was Ambassador Khalilzad’s fifth visit to NATO Headquarters since 2018, part of his continued consultations with NATO Allies and Resolute Support Mission operational partners on the Afghan peace process.
There was all round support to the peace initiatives that were taken by Mr Khalilzad who has been briefing the NATO members very regularly this being the fifth occasion for his visit to Brussels based HQs of the military alliance.
NATO-led Resolute Support Mission will sustain to create the conditions for peace, with training and funding for the Afghan security forces.
The grouping just a day before reviewed the funding for the Afghan National Defence and Security who are gradually taking the lead in managing the security challenges in the country. Resolute Support Mission is now planning to support the Afghan Presidential elections.