NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the Taliban needed to do more to implement the 2020 US-brokered peace deal. Under the agreement, international forces must withdraw from Afghanistan by May.
Stoltenberg made this statement while talking to journalists in Brussels. The press conference precedes the meeting of the Alliance’s defense ministers scheduled for February 29, at which the topic of NATO presence in Afghanistan and the peace agreement will be discussed.
The NATO Secretary General also said that the Alliance should not withdraw from Afghanistan in a hurry as it would help the country once again become a haven for international terrorists.
“The Taliban still has a long way to go to fulfill its promise, including severing ties with terrorists and cutting off aid to terrorist organizations,” Stoltenberg said.
“Our stay in the country depends on the conditions. “No ally wants to stay in Afghanistan longer than necessary, but we will not leave until there is enough time for that,” he added.