By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said he had spoken to Afghanistan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani to reassure him that NATO would continue to support the country.
“Good to speak with President Ashraf Ghani today. The security situation in Afghanistan remains deeply challenging, and requires a negotiated settlement,” wrote Stoltenberg on his Twitter account on Tuesday.
“NATO will continue to support Afghanistan, including with funding; civilian presence; and out-of-country training.”
This comes as violence has risen in Afghanistan since the announcement that all US forces and NATO allies are set to withdraw from the country this summer.
Intense fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban continues amid the withdrawal of foreign troops.
The fighting continue as peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban have so far failed to reach a deal to end the war.
Most of NATO’s 10,000-strong force have already pulled out of the country after a decision by President Joe Biden to bring Washington’s troops home after two decades.
The United Nations warned on Monday that Afghanistan could see the highest number of civilian deaths in more than a decade if the Taliban’s offensives across the country are not halted.