What NATO Foreign Ministers statement today said about Pakistan?
BRUSSELS - The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) reaffirmed full support to Afghanistan including Afghan government’s recent peace offer to Taliban group.
The alliance issued a statement following the Foreign Ministerial meeting in Brussels, stating that “As the Afghan Government of National Unity takes steps to uphold stability and security, and to promote peace, NATO reaffirms its commitment to the development of the Afghan security and defence forces through a conditions-based approach for our Resolute Support Mission. We recognise and highly appreciate the essential contributions that the men and women in uniform from Allied nations, and from our Resolute Support Mission (RSM) operational partners, have provided over many years of NATO presence in Afghanistan.”
The statement further adds that “At the second Kabul Conference of 28 February, President Ashraf Ghani took a decisive step toward Afghan reconciliation by proposing peace talks between the Government of National Unity and the Taliban, without preconditions. NATO Allies are united in their support for this proposal of an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process. We will respect and support a negotiated political settlement led by the Afghan Government which ends violence, cuts ties to terrorism and protects the human rights of all Afghan citizens. We also support the Afghan Government’s intention to address all contested issues between the parties, including those relating to the future role of the international community in Afghanistan.”
The NATO Foreign Ministers also urge the Taliban to respond favourably to this opportunity and participate in an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process, emphasizing that the responsibility to bring an end to a long era of conflict is now in the Taliban’s hands.
The statement also added that the alliance welcome the support for this proposal that was provided by countries within the region at the 27 March Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan.
“Regional actors have a significant role to play in support of peace and stabilization in Afghanistan.
Pakistan facilitates important logistical supply lines for the Resolute Support Mission. We believe Pakistan’s role will be important to a peace process, including in encouraging the Taliban to change their calculus.”