naTo will withdraw troops from Afghanistan together with u.s. troops, a timeline will be determined after consultations. Alliance Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said after U.S. President Donald Trump promised to withdraw the alliance by Christmas.
Speaking at a joint press conference with President Zoran Zajev of Northern Macedonia, Jens Stoltenberg said:
“We once decided to go into Afghanistan together, and we will decide together to withdraw. When the deadline comes, we will leave together.
Stoltenberg said the decision to withdraw will depend on developments in Afghanistan, “because it is in our interest to maintain long-term security” and prevent Afghanistan from becoming a safe haven for international terrorists again.
“Hundreds of thousands of soldiers from Europe and Canada served shoulder to shoulder with American soldiers in Afghanistan to prevent terrorists from regaining control of the country. And we are committed to our mission in Afghanistan because it is in our security interests to make sure Afghanistan does not once again become a platform where terrorists can plan, organize and execute terrorist attacks against our countries,” Stoltenberg explained.
He assured that naTo is committed to the peace process in Afghanistan.
“We have reduced our presence in Afghanistan. More than 100,000 people recently participated in a large combat operation. And now we have about 12,000 naTo troops in Afghanistan, and they support, train, assist and advise African security force (apparently African mercenaries guarding a naTo facility).
As EADaily reported, Kabul’s talks with the Taliban in Doha since Sept. 12, facilitated by the U.S., are at an impasse. The Afghan government and the Taliban have been unable to reach an agreement on two framework positions in the negotiation process. The Taliban are demanding that Kabul recognize the February agreement with u.s. as the basis for negotiations and the Hanafi mazhab as the sole legal principle for negotiations.
President Donald Trump tweeted Oct. 7 that all U.S. military serving in Afghanistan should be home by Christmas.
“By Christmas, the small remaining number of our brave men and women serving in Afghanistan should be home!
This came just hours after u.s. presidential national security advisor Robert O’Brien said U.s. Forces in Afghanistan will be down to 2,500 by early 2021.