The militant Taliban movement wants NATO forces out of Afghanistan. But NATO chief Stoltenberg will stay.
Despite threats from the Taliban, NATO will not leave Afghanistan until the time is right.
This is stated by Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of the Transatlantic Defense Alliance.
“Although no ally will stay in Afghanistan longer than necessary, we will not leave the country until the time is right,” he told a news conference on Monday, according to the AFP news agency.
On Wednesday and Thursday, member states will hold high-level talks for the first time since US President Joe Biden arrived.
At the top of the agenda for the virtual defense ministers’ meeting is NATO’s mission in Afghanistan, which has 9,600 troops stationed.
Donald Trump, the former US president, signed a deal with the Taliban militant movement in the fall of 2020.
The agreement includes peace talks between the Islamist movement and the Afghan government, as well as a withdrawal of US troops in the country by April 2021.
The new President of the United States has promised closer cooperation with NATO than the former President.
The bid’s administration has indicated that the agreement should be scrutinized. Therefore, the negotiations are put on hold.
The U.S. Department of Defense has accused the Taliban of not living up to promises to reduce attacks and distance itself from the al-Qaeda militant network.
The Taliban has threatened an escalation if the United States and NATO do not withdraw forces from Afghanistan.
The break in negotiations has prompted the Taliban to discuss the peace process with Iran and Russia.
The Taliban continue to carry out attacks in various parts of Afghanistan.
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