Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the progress made in the agreement between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
He said that the agreement is one step towards a lasting, political and peaceful resolution of the conflict in Afghanistan.
In a press statement, the Secretary General stressed that all NATO allies strongly support the peace process, adding ‘now we would like to see more progress and we need to see rapid progress, both on establishing a political roadmap, but not least on the important issue of a comprehensive ceasefire.’
He pointed out that the agreement which was announced demonstrates that the parties who are negotiating, are able to make progress, even on tough and difficult issues, stressing that this is important because Afghans want peace.
It is still a long way to go, many hurdles to be overcome, but this is an important first step and it is encouraging to see that it was possible to make that step today, he added.
The State of Qatar hosted the intra-Afghan peace negotiations on Sep. 12, in a step that was described as serious and important towards establishing sustainable peace in Afghanistan, especially after the United States and the Taliban signed the Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan at the beginning of this year. (QNA)
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