President Ghani, NATO’s Stoltenberg Discuss Peace Process, Troops Adjustment

Kabul (BNA)   NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on a phone call with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday evening discussed the Afghan peace process and troops level adjustment, a presidential press office statement said.

NATO’s Stoltenberg said in a tweet that even with the US reduction, NATO will continue to train, advice and assist the Afghan forces in their fight against international terrorism.

“Both sides talked about the Afghan peace process and NATO’s continued support to train, advise and assist the Afghan forces in their fight against terrorism,” presidential spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said in a tweet.

Meanwhile, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Wednesday that a premature troop withdrawal from Afghanistan may complicate peace talks between the government in Kabul and the Taliban, Reuters reported on Thursday.

The remarks come as US plans to pull out 2,000 troops from Afghanistan by mid-January. “It remains very important for us not to jeopardize what we have reached so far by taking any rash actions,” Maas said quoting by Reuters.

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