Selin ATAY-TDO- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has indicated that he will hold consultations with the US after US President Donald Trump announced that he would withdraw American troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year. "We decided together to enter Afghanistan, we will decide together on future adjustments, we will exit together when the right time comes," Stoltenberg said.
Jens Stoltenberg commented at the press conference on the decision to withdraw troops earlier than the date announced by the United States.
Stoltenberg said NATO is in Afghanistan to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a hotbed of terror once again. "We need to remember that NATO was in Afghanistan because of an attack on the United States. On September 11, 2001, when the United States was attacked, NATO activated the fifth article, which provided for collective defense for the first time in its history." he added.
Stoltenberg noted that hundreds of thousands of soldiers from Europe and Canada, along with American soldiers, have served in Afghanistan, and said of the mission in Afghanistan, "it will be the effort of all allies and partners."
"It is in the interests of security to ensure that Afghanistan is not a platform where terrorists plan and organize their actions," Stoltenberg said, noting that NATO remains committed to its mission in Afghanistan.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg reminded us once again that they support the peace process between the government and the Taliban in Afghanistan. As part of the peace efforts, Stoltenberg noted that they recently reduced their presence in Afghanistan from 100 thousand to 12 thousand.
"Our few brave soldiers who continue to serve in Afghanistan should be home by Christmas." US President Donald Trump said on his official Twitter account.
In February, talks between the United States and the Taliban agreed to withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan by mid-2021 in exchange for a guarantee that Afghan territory would not be used by terrorists.